The appeal, Zachem v. Atherton, involved the doctrine of absolute immunity for prosecutors and quasi-judicial officials, as well as an assertion of a constitutionally protected interest in grand jury service. The appeal was handled by a student team, working under the supervision of appellate clinic directors James E. Coleman Jr. and Sean E. Andrussier. Sarah Campbell, James McDonald, Eugenie Montague, and Emily Sauter, all members of the Class of 2009, comprised the student team. Campbell argued the case in the D.C. Circuit.
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