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Appellate Support Network

The Appellate Support Network is an NLADA project that connects legal academics with public defenders working on important criminal procedure issues. The network is composed of criminal procedure professors that are available to provide assistance to public defenders on significant issues in front of the Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals.

The professors provide a limited number of hours of assistance on a case, and are considered of counsel and have the option of co-signing the brief. Assistance may take the form of brainstorming strategy, commenting on a brief draft, or suggesting relevant case law or law review articles, among other possibilities. In addition, academics in the network may help write amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the NLADA.

The NLADA is currently working to compile a database of legal academics willing to provide assistance, organized by area of expertise.

Sign Up: If you are interested in participating in the Appellate Support Network, please send your contact information along with your areas of expertise to Adam Neufeld at

Board of Advisors

  • Albert Alschuler, University of Chicago Law School
  • Joshua Dressler, Ohio State University; Moritz College of Law
  • Paul Marcus, William & Mary Law School
  • Carol Steiker, Harvard Law School
  • Ronald Sullivan, Yale Law School
Please send any questions or comments to Adam Neufeld at