Dartmouth College will host more than 450 high school and college students on April 10 at a special session of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, during which the justices will hear oral arguments in two actual cases and take questions from the student audience about their work.
"Bringing the Supreme Court into our communities, especially reaching out to our schools, is one of the most important things we can do to enhance public understanding of the judicial system," Chief Justice David A. Brock said.
Last May, the Supreme Court held a special session at St. Anselm College in Manchester to coincide with nationwide celebrations of "Law Day." That event, which was also the first time the modern court had held oral arguments outside its courtroom in Concord, was widely praised for the unusual opportunity it gave students not only to see the court in their community but also to speak with the justices. Lawyers who argue the cases before the court will also take questions from the student audience after oral arguments.
Prior to the April 10 session, volunteer lawyers from the New Hampshire Bar Association will visit each of the participating schools to brief students on the legal issues in the two cases and about court procedure. Each student receives background materials on the cases and information relating to the Supreme Court.
Additionally, Dartmouth's Education Department has developed a special learning module for students in conjunction with the court's visit. Plans for the project include the creation of an interactive learning CD ROM for use in schools.
Dartmouth students interested in attending are invited to participate in a briefing (date/time tba) hosted by the Daniel Webster Society in advance of the session. A limited number of advance tickets will be distributed at the briefing. Blitz CWG to indicate interest and we will be in touch with details as soon as possible.
Last Updated: 9/12/13