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Kansas Supreme Court set to visit KU

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

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LAWRENCE — The Kansas Supreme Court is set to visit the University of Kansas as part of an ongoing outreach program to familiarize Kansans with the high court and its work.

During the special evening session April 1, the Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two yet-to-be-announced cases.

This is the court’s first visit to Lawrence in its 158-year history.   

“It is important that citizens of the state of Kansas understand and have faith in the judicial system,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school. “Giving citizens the opportunity to see how the Supreme Court operates and to meets its members is important for the system as a whole.”

Events for the day include:

  • Q&A session with Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier and 7th Judicial District Court Judge Sally Pokorny at 2 p.m. in Forum D of the Burge Union
  • Oral arguments heard from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Lied Center of Kansas
  • Informal reception with justices at 8 p.m. in the lobby of the Lied Center

The Q&A session is open to KU students, faculty and staff. The evening events are free and open to the public.

For those who can't attend in person, a live webcast of the oral arguments will be available online.

Since 2011, the court has conducted special sessions outside its Topeka courtroom as part of the outreach program. The session in Lawrence will be the 13th Kansas town in which the Supreme Court has heard cases.

More information about the court’s visit to Lawrence is available at www.kscourts.org under the What’s New sidebar.

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