Externship: Phila District Attorney's Office - Federal Litigation (Quaglia)
Assistant District Attorneys in the Federal Litigation Unit represent the Commonwealth in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Externs will assist these ADAs in researching, writing, and editing federal filings responding to federal habeas corpus petitions. In addition to developing their legal research and writing skills, externs will learn about and engage in the complex world of federal habeas and U.S. Constitutional law. Externs will develop a background in AEDPA, as well as common claims such as ineffective assistance of counsel and suppression of exculpatory evidence. Through this work, externs will also engage in issues related to progressive prosecution in post-conviction appeals.
The Federal Litigation Unit is supervised by Matthew Stiegler and is one of four appellate units that comprise the Law Division. The Law Division is supervised by Nancy Winkelman. Externs will have the opportunity to meet and work with the unit and division supervisors as well as ADAs in the other Law Division units.
IN-PERSON BI-WEEKLY SEMINAR COURSE REQUIREMENT: Before the semester begins, students will receive an email to choose one of two seminar times and should plan their course and work schedules accordingly. Students may not switch the seminar day and time once they have committed to one of the options. The options are as follows:
Criminal Justice Externship Seminar The Criminal Justice Externship Seminar taught by Professor Kathryn Quaglia will meet beginning the week of January 22. Students will choose either Tuesday 12 to 1 p.m. or Wednesday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Advanced Externship Seminar Students who have previously taken the Criminal Justice Externship Seminar with Professor Quaglia and who are registering for a second criminal externship will take the Advanced Externship Seminar. The Advanced Externship Seminar will meet every other week beginning the week of January 16 and students will have the option to choose Tuesday 12-1 p.m. or Thursday 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Note that a student may only take the Advanced Seminar if the student has previously taken the Criminal Justice Externship Seminar with Professor Quaglia and is registering for a second criminal law externship or has previously taken the Civil Externship Seminar with Professor Quaglia and is registering for a second civil law externship. A student who has completed a civil externship who is then registering for their first externship at a criminal law placement must take the Criminal Justice Externship Seminar; a student who has completed a criminal law externship who is then registering for their first externship at a civil law placement must take the Civil Law Externship Seminar.
Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.
Criminal Law and Procedure Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of criminal law and procedure; Perform legal analysis in the context of criminal law and procedure; Communicate effectively on topics related to criminal law and procedure; Demonstrate an understanding of the role criminal law and procedure play in society and their impact on other areas of law and society.
Public Interest Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of public interest law; Perform legal analysis in the context of public interest law; Communicate effectively on topics related to public interest law; Demonstrate an understanding of how public interest law is connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.