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Release: Sept. 10, 2002

(Photo: The members of the Iowa Supreme Court are (front left to right): Justice Jerry L. Larson; Chief Justice Louis A. Lavorato; Justice James H. Carter. (back row left to right): Justice Mark S. Cady; Justice Linda K. Neuman, Justice Marsha K. Ternus; and Justice Michael J. Streit.)

Iowa Supreme Court Justices at UI Sept. 14 for annual Supreme Court Day

The University of Iowa College of Law will recognize the college's historic relationship with the Iowa State Supreme Court Saturday, Sept. 14 during Supreme Court Day.

All seven justices of the high court, Jerry Larson, Louis Lavorato, James Carter, Mark Cady, Linda Neuman, Marsha Ternus and Michael Streit, are expected to be present. During their visit, the justices will preside over a moot court trial in which four UI law students will argue a case involving the right to arbitration for an employment discrimination claim.

Arguments about the case will be presented in the Levitt Courtroom of the Boyd Law Building by the team, consisting of students Brian Vander Pol, Jaclyn Schmitt, Michele O. Choe, and Brian Tuftee. All four are members of the law school's intercollegiate moot court teams.

Arguing a mock case before the justices is a test of the law students' mettle and is an opportunity for the students to experience what it is like to present an appeals case before the panel of judges who preside over the state's highest appellate court.

Supreme Court Day is held yearly to honor the state's top court, and it recognizes the college's origins, which began in 1865 when then Chief Justice George G. Wright founded the law school in his judicial chambers.

Following the moot court argument, students and justices will disperse to the homes of faculty members for a noon brunch, followed by a 3 p.m. cookout in the courtyard of the Boyd Law Building that precedes the Iowa-Iowa State football game. The cookout is sponsored by Shuttleworth and Ingersoll Law Firm, Cedar Rapids.