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Ohio Supreme Court to hold Off-Site Court at ONU

Aug 16, 2010

The Supreme Court of Ohio will convene an official session at Ohio Northern University on Wednesday, Sept. 29. The visit is part of the court’s semiannual Off-Site Court Program.
Chief Justice Eric Brown and Justices Paul E. Pfeifer, Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Maureen O’Connor, Terrence O’Donnell, Judith Ann Lanzinger and Robert R. Cupp will hear oral arguments in several cases beginning at 9 a.m. on campus in Ada, Ohio.
Ohio Northern extended a formal invitation to the Supreme Court in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Claude W. Pettit College of Law. This will be the court’s second visit to the law school as part of the Off-Site Court Program. The first was in 1999.
“The College of Law is privileged to host the Ohio Supreme Court as part of our 125th anniversary celebration,” said David C. Crago, dean of the College of Law. “The Off-Site Court Program provides an outstanding opportunity for both our law students and area high school students to experience the judiciary in person.”
The Off-Site Court Program, initiated by Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer in 1987, has gained national recognition as a model program for education about the judiciary. The program enhances students’ understanding of the legal system by providing an opportunity for hundreds of students to attend and observe the proceedings of the Supreme Court in person and interact with justices, attorneys and court staff.
ONU law students and area high school students will participate. The students, faculty and teachers will receive curriculum material to study before the session, including summaries of the specific cases to be argued. Local attorneys will team with educators to explain Ohio’s judicial system and review case materials.
On the morning of Sept. 29, students will attend a special briefing during which they may ask questions and interact with the justices. In addition, students will be assigned to attend one of the oral arguments. After the assigned case has been argued, students will meet with the case attorneys for a debriefing and discussion of the legal issues in the argument they just heard.
The ONU session will mark the 60th time the Supreme Court has heard oral arguments outside Columbus during the past 23 years. During this time, 33,750 Ohioans, including 27,715 high school students, have been able to observe the Supreme Court in action without leaving their communities.
To celebrate its 125th anniversary, the law school has planned a number of events during the 2010-11 academic year. Special events include distinguished speakers, special dedications, alumni gatherings and symposia. Earlier this year, the 3rd District Court of Appeals, which covers 17 northwestern Ohio counties including Hardin County, convened in special session for oral arguments at the law school.

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