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Texas Supreme Court to hear arguments in Longview in February

From Staff Reports
Dec. 19, 2016 at 6:07 p.m.


The Supreme Court of Texas will set up in Longview early next year to hear oral arguments in two cases during sessions that will be open to the public and made available via webcast.

The sessions are set for the morning of Feb. 16 at the Belcher Center on the campus of LeTourneau University.

The cases in which justices will hear arguments have not yet been selected, but the court typically attempts to pick cases with local ties or local interest when it conducts such sessions.

The occasional court sessions outside Austin are intended to help educate students and the public about the court, which is the state's highest for civil appeals. Organizers for the Longview session are inviting students from area public schools, colleges and universities, as well as judges and attorneys from around the region.

The public also is invited to attend the oral arguments, scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and which will include a question-and-answer session.

From 1:30 to 3 p.m., the justices will conduct breakout sessions on campus for students and at the downtown Gregg County Courthosue for attorneys and other legal professionals. Justice Jeffrey S. Boyd, an ordained minister, also will conduct an afternoon session titled "God, the Courts and the Law" in the Belcher Center. The public is invited.

Also Feb. 16, LeTourneau is offering "Law as a Career Day" on campus. The legal-career fair is designed for the public, especially college and high school students who are seeking to learn more about legal careers. Law schools, paralegal schools and court-reporter schools will have recruiting booths to provide information and answer questions about their programs.

In the two sessions for students, Justice Don Willett will lead one for those in college and Justice John Devine will lead the other for high school students.

Students who register will be provided a free lunch.

The session also offers continuing legal-education credit for lawyers attending the oral arguments and the question-and-answer session with the court. Each of seven afternoon breakout sessions at the Gregg County Courthouse will offer 1.5 hours of such credit.

A full schedule of events and descriptions of breakout sessions is available on the Gregg County Bar Association web page, at greggcountybar.com. For more information, contact Gregg County Bar Association President Jessica LaRue at jessica@harbourlaw.com.

Those interested in attending should plan to arrive at least 45 minutes early to clear security screening before arguments begin.

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