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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 9, 2005

Iowa Supreme Court Justices At UI Sept. 17 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. 17, during Supreme Court Day.

All seven justices of the high court, Jerry Larson, Louis Lavorato, James Carter, Mark Cady, Marsha Ternus, David Wiggins 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 Anne Weakly, Ben Segreto, Steven Moeller and Michael Schirger. All four are members of the law school's intercollegiate moot court teams. Arguments begin at 11 a.m. in the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building.

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.

Faculty, students and justices will meet for dinners in faculty homes the night before. Following the moot court argument, participants will attend a cookout in the courtyard of the Boyd Law Building, followed by the Iowa-Northern Iowa football game.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.