Appellate Section

Appellate Section

The Appellate Section prepares draft briefs and certiorari petitions for the Solicitor General for filing in the U.S. Supreme Court; makes recommendations to the Solicitor General as to whether further review is warranted on adverse decisions in the district courts and courts of appeals; and prepares briefs and argues cases in the courts of appeals. The Section also prepares and argues motions in significant district court cases.

The Section assists U.S. Attorneys and Division prosecutors in preparing briefs for the courts of appeals and provides advice on the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act and a variety of other legal issues.


General Information Appelette Section

Patty M. Stemler
Chief, Appellate Section


Department of Justice Main switchboard
(202) 514-2000