Two law students argue before Ohio appellate court

CWRU Law students talking together

Two legal interns from Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s Criminal Justice Clinic made an appellate argument in October to the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals under the supervision of law faculty member Ayesha Bell Hardaway.

The client had been found guilty of operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI) by a jury in Cleveland Municipal Court. The law school’s position on appeal was that the trial judge made numerous errors from the motion-to-suppress stage through the trial that violated the client’s right to a fair trial.

Krithika Rajkumar argued the appeal and John Slaski sat second-chair. Krithika successfully fielded questions from a very active panel.

It will likely be months before the court issues an opinion. “Regardless of the result,” says Professor Hardaway, “the client received a superb level of legal representation from the law school.”

As part of Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s capstone requirement, every student participates in one of our seven clinics or dozens of externships, which provide them a high level of law practice experience during school.