Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic
The Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic is offered to students in fall and spring for 3 credits.
The Clinic focuses on:
- Amicus curiae appellate briefs for national organizations in significant religious-liberty cases
- Learning theory, strategy, and practice for protecting religious liberty
The clinic offers four to six School of Law students each year the opportunity to draft briefs, typically on behalf of national civil liberties and religious organizations filing as amicus curiae (“friend of the court”). Professor Berg, the clinic's supervising attorney, is a prominent First Amendment appellate advocate who has written and filed briefs in more than 40 significant cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts. The clinic gives students an intensive experience in formulating, writing and refining appellate arguments, and in the strategy of framing arguments by amici curiae, who typically present distinctive information or issues that may benefit the judges deciding the case.
Briefs drafted by Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic students:
- HART v NORTH CAROLINA Motion and Brief Amicus Curiae (U.S. Supreme Court of North Carolina)
- RICHARDSON v NORTH CAROLINA Motion and Brief Amicus Curiae (U.S. Supreme Court of North Carolina)
- Brief Amicus Curiae, Reed v. Town of Gilbert (U.S. Supreme Court)
- Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Lew (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit)
- Child Evangelism Fellowship v. Cleveland School District (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit)