Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law 



Tewodros Alefe
African Executive Committee Member
Mekelle Univ.Legal Aid Clinic
Mekelle, Ethiopia

Kathleen Burch
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
Atlanta, Georgia, USA 

Michele Butts
U.S. Executive Committee Member
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
Atlanta, Georgia, USA 

Janet Dickson

Seattle University School of Law
Seattle, Washington, USA

Lyn Goering
Washburn University
Topeka, Kansas, USA 

Lisa Mazzie Hatlen

Marquette University Law School
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Richard Kariuki
University of Nairobi Faculty of Law
Nairobi, Kenya

Yishak Kassa
Mekelle University Faculty of Law Human Rights Center
Mekelle, Ethiopia

Tracy McGaugh
Touro Law Center
Central Islip, NY, USA

Henry Mutai
Moi University Faculty of Law
Eldoret, Kenya

Thoko James Ngwira
University of Malawi
Zomba, Malawi

Olugbenga Oke-Samuel
Adekunle Ajasin University
Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria

Daniel Ruhweza
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda

Mimi Samuel
Seattle University School of Law
Seattle, Washington, USA

Adam G. Todd
University of Baltimore School of Law.
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Emily Zimmerman
Drexel University College of Law
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA




We are very pleased to announce the formation of APPEAL (Academics Promoting the Pedagogy Of Effective Advocacy In Law), an organization dedicated to promoting the exchange of ideas, information, and resources about the teaching of legal writing and effective advocacy among academics in the United States and academics in Africa.


The organization grew out of the Conference on the Pedagogy on Legal Writing for Academics in Africa, which was held in Nairobi, Kenya in March 2007.  The conference was attended by approximately 20 academics from the U.S. and approximately 30 academics from seven different African countries.  A similar conference is tentatively scheduled for May or June 2009 in South Africa.


2009 Conference in Pretoria:

APPEAL and the University of Pretoria are pleased to announce that they are hosting a Conference on Promoting the Teaching of Legal Writing in Southern Africa from July 1 to July 4, 2009, in Pretoria, South Africa.   For more information and the call for proposals, click here

Committees and Members:

A list of APPEAL's committees and their members can be found here.

Photo Gallery:

Click here for photos of APPEAL's 2008 Book Drive and for photos of African APPEAL members at the 2008 Legal Writing Institute Conference in Indianapolis.

New Member Registration:

If you are interested in joining APPEAL, please download and complete the New Member Registration Form.  For more information, please contact Mimi Samuel at