Rory Little analyzes critical issues for the development of trial-level strategy, as well as complex and challenging appellate matters. He personally handles appeals of exceptional importance and urgency.

Since 1994, Rory has served as a professor at Hastings College of the Law (University of California) in San Francisco, where he teaches courses in constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, and professional responsibility. Rory lectures nationally on appellate advocacy techniques, criminal law topics and legal ethics.

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  • The Legal 500 2010 to 2011, recognized as one of the leading appellate lawyers in the United States
  • National Law Journal, 2010 Appellate Hot List


  • American Bar Association, served on Standing Committees for Professional Responsibility and for Criminal Justice Standards, currently serves as chair of the Criminal Amicus Briefing Committee and as reporter to the Task Force to Revise the Standards for Criminal Justice, Prosecutor and Defense Functions


Yale University – Yale Law School, JD, 1982
University of Virginia, BS, 1978

District of Columbia

Courts / Agencies
Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

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