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UI law students to argue moot case Sept. 12 before Iowa Supreme Court

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four University of Iowa law students will argue the rights of an accused woman who claims she was entrapped by law enforcement officers before the Iowa Supreme Court as part of Supreme Court Day, Saturday, Sept. 12 at the College of Law.

Arguments will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Levitt Auditorium of the Boyd Law Building. The case is one of several events planned for Supreme Court Day, a 101 year-old tradition of the law school.

Members of the College of Law's National Moot Court will present both sides of a mock case which has two legal issues: the Iowa standards on entrapment and on the volunteerism of a confession.

N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law, says moot court offers students a rare opportunity to observe how appeals are argued and is an occasion for students and faculty to meet the members of the state's highest court.

"Supreme Court Day has become one of the most important annual traditions at the Iowa law school," Hines says. "The day honors our state's top court and recognizes our origins. It is a commemorative event going back to 1865 when Chief Justice George G. Wright founded the law school," Hines says.

Jonathan Toronto, chair of the Moot Court Board, says the principle question regarding the case is whether evidence should be admitted into court against a defendant who was entrapped by law enforcement officials.

"As an advocate, it's a privilege to argue before the state's court," says Toronto, who will also argue the case.

Members of the College of Law's National Moot Court team are: Paul Bessette of Cedar Rapids; Tamara Hoffstatter of Keokuk; Douglas Stilwell of Grundy Center; and Johnathan Toronto of Salt Lake City, Utah.

A reception for the justices will follow the court session at the Boyd Law Building. The Cedar Rapids law firm of Shuttleworth and Ingersoll will sponsor the reception.