Appellate Academy

Faculty Sponsor: Professor Lucy Williams


The BYU Law Appellate Academy is a rigorous training program designed to introduce students to appellate practice. Students will participate in exercises designed to teach and strengthen appellate advocacy skills, including appellate brief writing and oral advocacy. The 2023 Appellate Academy will be held at the Washington, D.C. offices of Sidley & Austin, one of the first law firms to have a dedicated national Supreme Court and Appellate practice and a leader in addressing novel and often intricate questions of federal and state law. As part of this program, students will hear from and interact with judges and top attorneys in the field, all in the heart of Washington, D.C.,

A Word from Our Firm Sponsor:

Sidley’s Washington, D.C. office is home to more than 300 lawyers and policy professionals. Many of our Sidley’s lawyers possess an invaluable perspective garnered from years of experience in prior government service. Dozens of D.C. lawyers have held high-level positions at the Justice Department, other federal departments and agencies, the White House, and on Capitol Hill. More than 120 D.C. lawyers have served as clerks in federal and state courts across the country, including 20 who served as U.S. Supreme Court clerks.