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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 24, 2003

Federal Appeals Court To Hear Cases At UI College Of Law

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear three cases in the University of Iowa College of Law's Boyd Law Building at 1 p.m. Feb. 19.

"We're very pleased to host this Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals panel. We look forward to observing the oral arguments and having these three distinguished judges meet with our students and faculty," said N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law.

The Eight Circuit is headquartered in St. Louis and most frequently meets at the U.S. Federal Courthouses in St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn. As part of its outreach, however, the court does meet occasionally during the year in law schools around the circuit. Its most recent visit to the UI law school was in February 1996.

The three judges who will hold session at the UI are Judge William J. Riley, Omaha, Neb.; Senior Judge David R. Hansen, Mt. Vernon, Iowa; and Judge Michael J. Melloy, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They will hear the three cases in the Boyd Law Building's Levitt Courtroom/Auditorium. The sessions are open to the public.

The cases the judges will hear have not yet been announced.

Hines said the court session will provide an up close view of the federal appellate court proceedings to law school students and other interested persons without having to travel to St. Louis or St. Paul.

"This is a chance for members of the Iowa City community to see a very important part of our federal legal process at work, an opportunity that is otherwise not available without traveling out of state," Hines said. "I would encourage anyone who is interested in seeing how the U.S. appellate justice system functions to attend the court session on February 19th."

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