Ninth Circuit Court to Hear Arguments in Tucson

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hold oral arguments during a public event to be held at the James E. Rogers College of Law on March 26.
March 21, 2012
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The court's visit to the UA law school has been coordinated by the Rehnquist Center, a non-partisan center that honors the legacy of Chief Justice Rehnquist. The center, at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, is dedicated to encouraging scholarship about, and public understanding of, the separation of powers, the balance of powers between the federal and state governments, and judicial independence.  

U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit hearings
Monday, March 26, 10 a.m. to noon
UA James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 164, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd.

Once each year, members of the campus and local communities have a chance to listen to oral arguments heard by members of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will host the annual event on March 26. The event will be held in Room 164, the Ares Auditorium, at the law school, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd.

While the event is open to all, seating in the Ares Auditorium is limited. Priority seating is available for law students, attorneys appearing before the court and others with confirmed reservations. Remaining seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Photo identification is required for those who attend.

The three federal judges set to preside over the cases are Jay Bybee, Richard Clifton and Margaret McKeown. Case materials are available on the U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit website.

Cases to be heard include:

U.S. v. Zarate-Gaspar: Julio Zarate-Gaspar is appealing the sentence imposed following his guilty plea to illegal reentry after deportation.

Didiana v. Parball Corp.: Anthony Didiana is appealing the district court's summary judgment in his action under Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act against Parball Corp. Didiana alleges gender and age discrimination in his termination from his job as a bartender at O'Shea's Casino and Bar in Nevada.

In re Ratliff: Harlan J. Ratliff and Theresa L. Ratliff, chapter 11 debtors, are appealling the U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel's partial affirmance of the bankruptcy court's judgment after trial in an adversary proceeding. During that proceeding, Todd Campbell and Stephanie McRae claimed the Ratliffs received more than their rightful share in the the sale of a farm by Cochise Agricultural Properties.

At the end of the final argument, judges will be available to answer general questions from audience members.

While the judges are prohibited from answering questions about pending cases, they can discuss court operations and the decision-making process. The three-judge panel will be named one week prior to the event.

Parking is available in the Park Avenue Garage at the corner of Park and Speedway on a space-available basis. For garage rates and other visitor parking options, contact Parking and Transportation at 520-626-7275, or visit its website.