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Court of Appeals School and Community Outreach

The Oregon Court of Appeals judges and staff regularly travel around Oregon to hear oral arguments and talk with high school and college students and community groups about the Court's work and about Oregon's justice system.

Front of school buildingSince 1998, the Court has held oral arguments at schools, universities and local courts in multiple cities. A panel of three judges and a staff person work with the schools and local courts to schedule the trips. The judges meet with students who attend the arguments to discuss the appellate process and the Court's work. The students are able to read the briefs and summaries of the cases. They discuss them in class before the Court arrives. The Court works to choose cases that involve local parties and lawyers and present issues that would interest the students.    

If you are interested in having the court visit your community, please read the School Requirements for more details. If you would like further information with regard to the Court of Appeals' school visitation program, please contact Nina Stoddard at 503.986.5441 or

When traveling outside Salem, the Court often also meets with local community groups, service clubs, and local bar associations over lunch or dinner. 

Former Court of Appeals Chief Judge Rick Haselton wrote an article about the Court's "road show."  "Kids Ask the Hardest Questions" first appeared in the Summer 2004 issue of Trial Lawyer, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association's (OTLA) quarterly journal. The author and OTLA gave us permission to republish it here. 

If you are interested in inviting the Court to your school or community, please call or write Chief Judge James Egan at 503.986.5670 or

If you are interested in bringing a class to tour the Supreme Court Building in Salem or to hear oral arguments there, please contact the Appellate Court Services Division to arrange your visit.

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