Mon, Dec 19 2016
LeTourneau University will host the Supreme Court of Texas for oral arguments in two cases Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Belcher Center at LETU’s main campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. in Longview.
The public is invited to attend the oral arguments, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., including a question-and-answer session. People planning to attend should arrive at least 45 minutes early to pass security screening before arguments begin and should not bring backpacks and purses. All cell phones will be required to be turned off . No flash photography is permitted.
The two cases the Court will hear will be set in the next few weeks.
The Texas Supreme Court’s visit to LeTourneau University, one of occasional court sessions outside Austin, is planned to educate students and the public about Texas government and how the Court – the highest court in the state for civil appeals – operates.
Justices will hold breakout sessions from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., on campus for students and at the Gregg County Courthouse for attorneys and other legal professionals. Justice Jeffrey S. Boyd, an ordained minister, also will conduct an afternoon session on “God, the Courts and the Law” in the Belcher Center. The public is invited.
Concurrently, LETU is holding “Law as a Career Day” on campus. This legal-career fair is designed for the public, especially college and high school students, 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 college students, and Justice John Devine will lead the other for high school students. High school students who attend also will be offered tours of the university and visits with faculty.
Students who register will be provided a free lunch.
Lawyers will be eligible for 2.5 hours of continuing legal-education credit for 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 CLE credit.
A schedule of events and descriptions of breakout sessions is available on the Gregg County Bar Association web page, www.greggcountybar.com. For more information, contact Gregg County Bar Association President Jessica LaRue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, and in hybrid and fully online options at centers in Dallas and Houston.