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If you are thinking about requesting a visit from the Court of Appeals, we'd like to provide information about what that visit will entail.  The program consists of two parts:  the oral argument session and in-classroom visits by the judges.  The oral argument session begins at 9:00 a.m., usually consisting of three or four cases (selected by the court bearing in mind the student audience) with short Q&A periods after each argument, and concluding before noon.  The court will work with the school to accommodate the school's schedule.  An information package will be sent to the school approximately two weeks prior to the court's visit.  It contains information on the court, short bios of the judges participating that day, copies of the briefs for each case, and summaries of each case prepared by the court to assist in preparing the students for the court's visit.  After the students' lunch period(s), the judges will visit one or more classrooms for a more one-on-one visit with the students. Additional information can be found in the Location Setup for Court of Appeals.
The court requires several commitments by the school:

  1. That each case argued be attended by a minimum of 50 students.  The location of the arguments would need to be large enough to accommodate the minimum amount of students, up to 10 attorneys, and the physical set-up required for the judges, attorneys, and bailiff (see attached Guidelines for more information).
  2. That the information package (particularly the case summaries) provided be used by teachers and/or local lawyers to prepare the students prior to the arguments. 
  3. That the judges visit with students in at least one classroom setting after the arguments.
If you need additional information or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me, either by email or by phone.  I am available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. for lunch--although I can be available to speak with you during that time by prearrangement).
We look forward to hearing from you.