The Appellate Division is responsible for all criminal and civil litigation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in consultation with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. The Division also handles collateral challenges to criminal convictions and sentences by federal prisoners, provides advice regarding developments in the law, and participates in the formulation of office policy.
The Division also includes the Law Library, which manages legal research and information resources for the office. To take advantage of emerging technologies and sources of information, beneficial partnerships have been established with a wide range of libraries and other resource providers, the Librarian and online information service trainers such as Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw provide both individual and group training, as well as continuing legal education classes.
Robert Russel is the chief of the Appellate Division.