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California Supreme Court at King Hall

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Oct 4, 2012

UC Davis School of Law had a wonderful visit from the California Supreme Court yesterday.  Under the leadership of UC Davis Law alumna Chief Justice Tani Cantil Sakauye ‘84, the Court held oral arguments in a special session yesterday at the law school and faculty, alumni, staff, students, and the general public were able to attend oral arguments of three extremely interesting cases. 


Chief Justice


With Yeoryios

We had a full house in the Paul and Lydia Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom.  I sat with our alum Yeoyrios Apallas '72 (above), who helped us land the generous gift to name the room.  The morning session was devoted to each Justice taking a question asked by a law student or high school student from Davis Senior High School.  The Court heard a case in the morning involving the First Amendment and labor picketers and, in the afternoon, heard a personal injury case involving a bumper car ride at Great America and an evidence case involving a contract dispute between a small company and USC.  This last argument involved well-known oralists Professor Kathleen Sullivan, former Dean of the Stanford Law School, and Eric George, son of the former Chief Justice of California, Ron George.  The session garnered news coverage from the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, Davis Enterprise, Daily Journal, and Recorder.

In between cases, the justices stayed for a luncheon with faculty, students, and local judges from Yolo County Superior Court.  I sat with the Chief Justice and Judge David Rosenberg ‘74, at lunch. 

The end of the day culminated with a reception for the justices in the law school courtyard.  The justices were generous with their time, and the students loved having the chance to talk to them.

Rahimi and Chin 

Check out more pictures from the special day in this photo album. (Credit for these great shots goes to photographer Karin Higgins.)

Sincere thanks to the California Supreme Court for holding its special session at King Hall!  It was an honor to be your host and we welcome you to return to King Hall any time!