Apr 25, 201211:51 AMBlog

Supreme Court invites public to college sessions

Apr 25, 2012 - 11:51 AM

The state Supreme Court will hold court at Centralia College during a two-day visit scheduled for May 9 and 10. The nine justices will meet with students, lead classes and hold official court sessions.

On May 9, Justices Mary Fairhurst, James Johnson, and Steven Gonzalez will preside over a Lyceum beginning with an overview of the Supreme Court. That will be followed with discussion of judicial topics including: funding of basic education in K-12; school violence, including bullying, sexual and racial harassment, shootings and guns on campus; gay rights, including marriage; growth management; law enforcement and civil rights; and First Amendment rights.

The Lyceum begins at 1 p.m. at Corbet Theatre and the public is invited.

Concurrently, Associate Chief Justice Charles Johnson and Justice Debra Stephens will lead a political science class and Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and Justice Susan Owens will lead a criminal justice class. Both will later join the Lyceum. Justices Charlie Wiggins and Stephens will lead an anthropology class.

Following the Lyceum and student classroom experiences, the justices will take a break before attending a reception.

On Thursday, the justices will hold two morning open sessions and one afternoon session, each followed by a short recess.

The final two sessions will have a 20-minute question and answer period with the audience.

The first session begins at 9 a.m., the second at 10 a.m. and the third at 1:30 p.m. All sessions are in Corbet Theatre and the public is invited.

The justices will deliberate in private beginning at 2:30 p.m. before adjournment.


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