Denise Wager | September 8, 2020
For the third time in a year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled in favor of an appeal argued by Notre Dame Law students participating in the Law School’s Seventh Circuit Practice Externship.
Hanna Torline ’20 J.D. and Yara Rashad ’20 J.D. jointly won a direct appeal of a criminal conviction, securing a new trial for their client in United States v Orr. They first-chaired the appeal in the case while they were third-year law students in the externship. They reviewed the record, identified the issues on appeal, wrote the briefs, and conducted the oral argument.
The Seventh Circuit concurred with their argument and vacated a conviction of their client, Earl Orr. The decision was based on conduct of the trial judge that breached the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges by engaging in improper ex parte communications in other cases with members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Rashad said that participating in the Seventh Circuit Practice Externship was the most rewarding experience she had in law school.
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