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Supreme Court Holds Oral Arguments Again At UNLV Boyd Law School
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 00:00

The Nevada Supreme Court will be returning October 10 to the William S. Boyd School of Law on the UNLV campus to hear oral arguments in two cases and meet with students. 


The Supreme Court was last at the law school in February 2010. 

“Conducting court sessions at Boyd Law School is a unique opportunity for the students and the community to see the court in action,” said Chief Justice Michael Cherry.  “It is an opportunity that students of many law schools never get to experience.”


One case is an appeal of a conviction in a murder case that was the result of a dispute over stolen tires and rims for a limousine.


The second argument is in a complicated case involving conversion and fraud claims over the interstate transportation of a vehicle.


The Supreme Court first heard arguments at the law school in 2005 in a highly successful session that saw more than 120 students, lawyers and citizens crowd into a classroom at the law school to watch the high court at work.  Supreme Court arguments usually only attract a fraction of that number.


Arguments are now held in the law school’s new Moot Court facility – a mock courtroom constructed at UNLV to give students the opportunity to practice courtroom procedures in an authentic setting.


This year’s visit will be the sixth time the Supreme Court has held oral arguments at the law school.


As in past years, the justices will spend some time after the arguments talking to the students about the appellate process and answering questions about Supreme Court functions. 


“The Supreme Court believes the Boyd Law School sessions provide valuable real life exposure to a very important part of the justice system,” said Justice Michael Douglas, who presides over the three-justice panel that is also composed of Justices Mark Gibbons, and Ron Parraguirre.


“Being able to ask questions of the justices after the sessions should help the students better understand how Nevada’s only appellate court functions,” Justice Douglas said.


The justices do not rule on the cases immediately after the arguments.  The process of research, deliberations and the writing of opinions or orders usually takes several weeks.


Most cases at the Nevada Supreme Court are decided by three justice panels.  The seven member Supreme Court only sits to hear the most complex and serious cases, including all death penalty cases.




WHAT:          Nevada Supreme Court panel hears oral argument

                        (For synopses of the cases please click here.)


WHEN         Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 10:00 and 10:30 a.m.


WHERE:        Boyd School of Law, Moot Courtroom


THE PANEL:  Justices Michael Douglas (presiding), Mark Gibbons

                     and Ron Parraguirre


CASES:        10:00 a.m.Jermaine Brass vs. State


                    10:30 a.m. – Dynamic Transit. vs. Trans Pacific Ventures, Inc.



MEDIA:         Welcome.  Nevada Supreme Court media rules are in effect for all oral arguments.  To photograph or video the proceedings, permission must be obtained from the Court by applying in writing to Tracie Lindeman, Clerk of the Court.  FAX your written request on company letterhead, signed, to 775-684-1601 (Emailing a request is not permitted.  The Court needs a hard copy for its records).  There is no request form.


One video camera and one still camera will be authorized.  Other media outlets will be allowed to join the pool and share the pool feed only if they also apply for permission. Generally the first media to apply (still and video) will become the pool camera, although the media may agree to a different outlet being the pool camera.



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