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RELEASE October 13, 2009
Press Release: Connecticut Supreme Court to
hear cases at Fairfield University
The Connecticut Supreme Court will travel to Fairfield University on
Wednesday, October 21st, to hear arguments in two cases, one criminal and
one civil. The arguments will take place at 10 a.m. and 12 noon at Fairfield
University’s Kelley Theatre at the Quick Center for the Arts. They are free
and open to the public.
The Court’s appearance at Fairfield University is part of an ongoing
educational initiative of the Connecticut Judicial Branch called “Supreme
Court on Circuit.” Begun more than 20 years ago, the program seeks to
provide students, educators and the general public with a greater
understanding of the Court and its procedures.
"The historical reasons for the Supreme Court traveling "on circuit" are as
relevant today as they were two hundred years ago,” said Chief Justice Chase
T. Rogers. “We look forward to an opportunity to hold Court in another part
of the state, thereby providing an opportunity for students and the public
to learn about the appellate court system. Fairfield University has
generously agreed to host our visit, and I would like to thank President von
Arx and his staff for their hospitality."
“We are honored that the Supreme Court of Connecticut will be sitting at
Fairfield University on October 21 in what will be a homecoming of sorts for
Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers, who attended Roger Ludlow High School just
down the road from us,” said Father Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., President of
Fairfield University. “This is a magnificent opportunity for high school and
college students, attorneys, and the public at large, to see close-up the
working of our judicial system at the highest state level.”
The program begins with brief welcoming remarks by Father von Arx. At 10
a.m., arguments will be heard in the criminal case,
State v. Solomon Boyd.
The civil case, Allstate
Insurance Company v. Stephen Palumbo et al., begins at 12 noon.
Arguments in each case will last approximately one hour. A
question-and-answer period with arguing counsel and volunteer attorneys with
expertise in the cases will follow each argument.
Attorneys Daniel Klau and
Justin Clark, both former Supreme Court law clerks, will conduct these
News media organizations interested in covering the oral arguments may
contact Jim Senich at 860-757-2270 by Monday, October 19th for pooling
The following items may not be brought into the courtroom: bladed or pointed
items, weapons, food and beverages. To help the screening process and
movement in and out of the auditorium, it is recommended that guests not
bring briefcases, backpacks, pocketbooks or bags.
For additional information about this program, please contact the External
Affairs Division at 860-757-2270.
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