Thursday, May 06, 2010

Dean Razavi and Ellen Valentine are 1-0 at the 4th Circuit

Check out this blurb from the Blog of Legal Times:
Virginia Law Student Wins His First Appeal at 4th Circuit
Dean Razavi, 24, may not graduate from law school for another two weeks, but he is already one-for-one at the appellate level.
On April 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in favor of a federal inmate who appealed a 15-year sentence on the grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel. Razavi, a third-year student at the University of Virginia School of Law, represented inmate Nicholas Omar Tucker at oral argument.
Tucker had filed his appeal pro se, but his case was picked up by the law school's Appellate Litigation Clinic. Razavi is one of six students who participated in the clinic this year. He and third-year law student Ellen Valentine got the Tucker case in September. Along with Razavi and Valentine, Neal Walters, who runs the clinic, signed the brief.
Tucker had been sentenced to 15 years under the Armed Career Criminal Act for possessing a firearm and ammunition after committing three or more violent felonies. He appealed that sentence on the ground that his trial-court counsel improperly failed to object to the use of an assault and battery conviction as one of the three violent felonies that qualified Tucker as an armed career criminal. Tucker had pled guilty to only a misdemeanor offense of common-law assault and battery in the earlier case.  Keep reading.
EDIT: Apparently credit should go out to Ellen Valentine as well.  DR notes in the comments:
I feel so bad, when the guy interviewed me I talked about Ellen [Valentine] for like, 90% of the time. I'm frustrated that this is how it came off. Ellen deserves as much if not more credit than me - at the end of the day, it was our brief that won it, and she rocked the shit out of it! 
Someone from UVA mentioned getting a photo with the two of us (9:26 - that was from a photo shoot like months ago, and the BLT just wanted something I had on my computer) and I think their coverage will be totally more fair. But yes, I wholeheartedly agree with you. ELLEN ROCKS MY SOCKS.
Related:
Virginia Law Student Wins His First Appeal at the Fourth Circuit [BLT]

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congrats Mr. Razavi! That must be a real thrill.

Also: could he (or the law school) have picked a better place for the photo? Those stairwells may well be the ugliest part of the law school...

Anonymous said...

this blog has jumped the shark

Anonymous said...

cool story bro

Anonymous said...

Will someone PLEASE give some credit to Ellen Valentine, the other law student who worked on this case? This whole article reeks of self-promotion.

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh 11:02 I know! I feel so bad, when the guy interviewed me I talked about Ellen for like, 90% of the time. I'm frustrated that this is how it came off. Ellen deserves as much if not more credit than me - at the end of the day, it was our brief that won it, and she rocked the shit out of it!

Someone from UVA mentioned getting a photo with the two of us (9:26 - that was from a photo shoot like months ago, and the BLT just wanted something I had on my computer) and I think their coverage will be totally more fair. But yes, I wholeheartedly agree with you. ELLEN ROCKS MY SOCKS.

- Dean

Rule 12 (f) said...

OK, I fixed this (based on DR's response) to give Ellen her due as well!

Anonymous said...

11:02 = Ellen Valentine

Anonymous said...

Who is Ellen? I did all the work and should get all the credit.

-The Real Dean

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the real DR to me.

Anonymous said...

Be sweet, y'all.