Law students, alumni, practicing attorneys and the general public will have the rare opportunity to see a federal court in action when a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals convenes in the Law Center’s Krost Hall for two days in early March. In particular, the session will give students invaluable insight into the federal court system and bring to life almost all the core issues studied in class -- First Amendment, torts, civil procedure, contracts, and property. Aside from the strictly legal aspects, observers can take in the demeanor of judges and attorneys, hear the range of questions from the bench, and see attorneys do some quick thinking on their feet.
Over two days, March 6 and 7, the court will hear 40-minute oral arguments in eight cases. I urge all Law Center students to attend as many sessions as possible.
Having the 5th Circuit here is a rare occurrence – it’s been more than 12 years since a panel brought its docket to the Law Center. Large attendance during the two-day session would show the court our interest in having it back sooner.