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Release: Sept. 14, 1999

Iowa Justices At Supreme Court Day Sept. 18

IOWA CITY -- The University of Iowa College of Law will recognize its historic relationship with the Iowa State Supreme Court Saturday, Sept. 18 during Supreme Court Day.

Justices Mark Cady, James Carter, Jerry Larson, Louis Lavorato, Marsha Ternus and Senior Justice Louis Schultz are expected to be present. During their visit, the justices will preside over a moot court trial where four UI law students will argue a disability discrimination case, beginning at 10 a.m.

Arguments about the case will be presented in the Levitt Courtroom of the Boyd Law Building by team captain Tonya Smits-Rodriguez, Amy Crawford, Teresa Baumann and Leah Rauch; all four are members of the law school's National Moot Court team.

The mock case is one of several events planned throughout the day and follows Friday night's annual Class Agent Recognition Dinner at the Iowa Memorial Union's Triangle Ballroom.

Arguing a mock case before the justices is a test of the law students' mettle and 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.

Linda McGuire, associate dean for student affairs, says 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.

The justices' visit coincides with the UI football team's evening game against Northern Illinois University. A 3:15 p.m. pre-game cookout will be held in the law school courtyard and is sponsored by Shuttleworth and Ingersoll Law Firm, Cedar Rapids.