Ohio Supreme Court travels to Cleveland for first time in 15 years for off-site court session at CWRU
CLEVELAND – Case Western Reserve University School of Law students got a chance Tuesday to directly experience cases argued before Ohio Supreme Court, as the justices held an Off-Site Court session at the law school.
The justices chose the site in response to an invitation from Dean Lawrence Mitchell.
The Supreme Court’s Off-Site Court program is designed to help students’ understanding of the legal system by providing an opportunity to attend and observe Supreme Court proceedings and to interact with justices and the attorneys making their cases.
On Wednesday, the justices convene in downtown Cleveland to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse.
Joining Case Western Reserve law students Tuesday were students from area high schools.
“This is the first time the court has been able to hold off-site sessions back to back during two days in the same Ohio county,“ said Julie Manning, off-site court coordinator.
Volunteer attorneys with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association have helped brief students on the cases. Students got to meet with the case attorneys for debriefings and further discussion of the legal issues.
The court’s previous visits to Cleveland were in 1988 and in 1997, when justices visited Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. After hearing oral arguments in four cases Tuesday at Case Western Reserve Law School, the justices eventually will make rulings. Summaries of the cases are available online at supremecourt.ohio.gov/PIO/oralArguments/offSite.asp.