Chase Student Presents Winning Oral Argument with Help of Chase Faculty

Nicholas Hunt
After Chase College of Law 3L Nick Hunt argued his first case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the judges told him he had the poise of a veteran lawyer. After he won the appeal seven weeks later, he spoke like a professional athlete who recognizes a win as a team effort.

“To win in the Sixth Circuit is an amazing feat, but it would not have happened if not for the help of numerous people,” he says. “I would like to thank Chase Professor David Singleton for mentoring me and tirelessly helping prepare for the argument, the Chase faculty for practicing with me, Sarah Larcade and Shawn Crawford, who wrote the brief for the appeal, and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center staff for helping me prepare for my argument."

Professor Singleton is director of the Chase Constitutional Litigation Clinic, which operates through the policy center, where he is executive director. The clinic allows students with limited licenses to practice law to represent prisoners and former prisoners in actions that involve alleged denials of rights by state officials.

In the case Mr. Hunt argued for the estate of an Ohio prisoner who committed suicide after a prison doctor allegedly stopped prescribed pain medication, the three-judge panel unanimously reversed a U.S. District Court order of summary judgment for the doctor and remanded the case for further proceedings. It decided in September, as Mr. Hunt had argued in July, that there was enough evidence that a jury should be allowed to decide whether an explanation by the defendant doctor is credible.