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News Posted on July 3, 2013

King Hall Featured in California Supreme Court Historical Society Newsletter

The latest issue of the California Supreme Court Historical Society Newsletter includes an article on the UC Davis School of Law California Supreme Court Clinic written by Clinic Director Aimee Feinberg and a report on the special session of the high court held at King Hall's Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom in October 2012.

Writing at the invitation of the newsletter's editors, Feinberg describes the importance and influence of the California Supreme Court and the role played by King Hall students working in the Clinic, where they study Court rules and procedures, learn principles of appellate advocacy, interact with seasoned practitioners,  and, under faculty supervision, research and draft briefs to be filed in cases pending before the Court.

"The Court's special place in the state's judicial system offers special opportunities for law students," writes Feinberg. "For the participants in the Clinic, it is an honor to litigate before the Court."

The newsletter also includes an article about the special "outreach" oral argument session held in King Hall under the leadership of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye '84. "Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye emphasized that one of her hopes for sessions of this kind is directly related to her commitment to fostering Civic Education (an understanding of how government actually works) among young people," the article states. "At UC Davis, the Chief Justice explained the special session provides a unique educational opportunity for both law students and local high school students to 'observe the Supreme Court in action as it hears oral arguments in cases of major statewide importance.'"

The article also includes photographs from the King Hall session, including shots of the Justices seated in the Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, UC Davis School of Law and Davis-area high school students watching the sessions, and Professor and former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso observing the proceedings.

California Supreme Court Historical Society Newsletter