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D.C. Court of Appeals Hears Real Cases in Law School’s Courtroom



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Three cases on the docket of the D.C. Court of Appeals were argued in the Columbus School of Law’s Slowinski Courtroom on Oct. 24 before an audience of students, faculty, and staff, and well as trial participants.
The authentic court action was part of an “On the Road Education Outreach Program” conducted by the Court of Appeals that occasionally brings its judges and their caseload onto the premises of area law schools, giving students a chance to observe quietly and close up the proceedings of a real court.
The three arguments heard by the court dealt with criminal law, domestic violence, and age discrimination under D.C. Human Rights Act.
Bench memos offering facts, background, and context were distributed prior to the start of the day’s arguments.  
At the conclusion of the official proceedings, the judges returned to the bench to take questions from the audience, responding to many that were procedural in nature.
The three judges who visited the law school from the D.C. Court of Appeals were the Honorable Eric T. Washington, Chief Judge; The Honorable John Fisher, Associate Judge; and The Honorable Inez Smith-Reid, Senior Judge.
A reception followed in the building’s atrium that afforded students a brief opportunity to meet and chat with the judges of the court.  
Live arguments were heard in the cases of Terrell E. Butler v. United States; Grove v. Loomis Sayles & Company; and Ortega v. Elsharabassi.