The 'Supremes' come to Iowa

The 'Supremes' come to Iowa

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Iowa Supreme Court to hear cases at College of Law

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases when it convenes at the University of Iowa College of Law as part of the law school’s annual Supreme Court Day events on Friday, Sept. 20.

The court will convene at 9 a.m. in the Levitt Court Room in the Boyd Law Building. The arguments are open to the public, though no cameras, hats, food, or drink will be allowed. More information about the cases—Thomas v. Gavin et al, and Staff Management and New Hampshire Insurance Co. vs. Jimenez— is online here.

Several UI College of Law alumni will return to their alma mater as counsel for parties in the case, including Terry Abernathy of Cedar Rapids and Elizabeth Craig, Mary Hayek, Andrew Chappell, and Susan Nehring of Iowa City in Thomas v. Gavin; and Stephen Spencer of West Des Moines and Paul McAndrew of Coralville in New Hampshire Insurance v. Jimenez.

The Supreme Court Day visit is part of a College of Law tradition that honors the historic relationship between the law school and the state’s top court. The College of Law was founded in 1865 when Chief Justice George G. Wright founded the law school in his judicial chambers.

The traditional Supreme Court Day moot court argument will also be held on Sept. 20 with two teams of students arguing a mock appellate case before the justices. Moot court arguments begin at 2 p.m. in the Levitt Court Room.

The visit to UI is part of the Supreme Court’s initiative over recent terms to hear cases outside Des Moines and make it easier for Iowans to see the court at work. This term, the court will hear arguments in Fort Dodge, Burlington, Des Moines, Clarinda, Toledo, and at the Drake University Law School.


Tom Snee, University Communication and Marketing, office: 319-384-0010; cell: 319-541-8434


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