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Appeals and Resource Counsel Division

The Appeals and Resource Counsel Division is responsible for cases on appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in both criminal and civil cases. The section also handles some of the post-conviction prisoner petitions and motions. The responsibilities of the Appellate Division include writing briefs and presenting arguments in the circuit court of appeal, assisting other AUSAs in drafting and editing briefs, and conducting moot courts and otherwise preparing AUSAs for oral arguments.

The Appeals and Resource Counsel is also responsible for keeping AUSAs informed of changes and developments in the law, providing legal advice generally to Civil and Criminal Division AUSAs, advising the U.S. Attorney whether to file government appeals, and assisting with the preparation and review of district court filings on significant points of law.