Two Duquesne law students appeared and argued Verde-Rodriguez v. Faber, an immigration case, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, on Tuesday of this week. In addition, another Duquesne law student argued Washington v. Secretary, PA Department of Corrections, a criminal case, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Wednesday.
Second-year day student Jesse Drumm and third-year day Stephanie Noel argued before the court Tuesday, and third-year evening student Charles P. Sapienza, III, argued before the court Wednesday.
In announcing their appearances, the university noted it is a rare opportunity for law students to argue before the appeals court.
Drumm , Noel and Sapienza are part of Duquesne’s Federal Practice Clinic, in which students, under the supervision of licensed attorneys, provide legal representation in civil rights matters for inmates and other indigents with appeals that the federal courts deem potentially meritorious. The clinic is part of the School of Law’s Clinical Legal Education program aimed at providing the students with court room experience before they even leave law school.
(Image: (L-R) Charles P. Sapienza, III; Duquesne Law School Dean Ken Gormley; Stephanie Noel; Jesse Drumm; Adjunct Law Professor Adrian N. Roe and Law Professor Laurie Serafino, director of clinical legal education. Duquesne University photo)