The Delaware Supreme Court came to Widener University School of Law to hear oral arguments in two cases Wednesday, March 14. The court sat en Banc before a packed Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom. It was the first time since 2002 that the court visited the law school to hear oral arguments and the crowd was so large that some watched from an overflow classroom equipped with a live video feed.
"We were thrilled to welcome the Delaware Supreme Court back to campus. Their presence enriches the legal education experience for our students and the cases of the day were especially meaningful for everyone affiliated with our Institute of Delaware Corporate & Business Law," Law Dean Linda L. Ammons said. "We are grateful to the Court for giving us this rare and valuable access and we are especially proud of our alumni who attended in their professional capacity. They are an example for our students."
The court heard two cases, with each lasting an hour. The first was Trenwick v. Billett, which originated in the Court of Chancery. The second case, AT&T v. Clarendon, came from the Superior Court. Delaware counsel in the second case included three Widener Law alumni, David A. Denham ('02), Mary B. Matterer ('88) and Kevin F. Brady ('82).
The Law School hosted members of the court, their staff and court administrators for lunch after the hearings. Ammons said the day was so successful she hopes to welcome the justices back again next year. Captions:Photo 1: Attorney J. Travis Laster makes his argument in the packed Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom.
Photo 2: The Delaware Supreme Court. From left, Justices Jack B. Jacobs, Randy J. Holland, Chief Justice Myron T. Steele, Justices Carolyn Berger and Henry duPont Ridgely.
Photo 3: Justices Jack B. Jacobs and Randy J. Holland.
Photo 4: Attorney Jeffrey Weil argues before the court.