The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments at Widener Law’s Delaware Campus in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
Judges Timothy B. Dyk, Kathleen M. O’Malley, and Evan J. Wallach heard arguments in four cases:
- Valeant International v. Actavis, Inc. (12-1117)
- Winterhawk Outfitters, Inc. v. United States (12-5113)
- Mark Roberts v. United States (12-5113)
- Trong Nguyen v. Dept. of Homeland Security (13-3024)
The oral arguments provided an incredible opportunity for Widener Law students to observe the federal appeals process at work. Watching the attorneys and judges engage with each other was fascinating and impressive.
The attorneys were each given a set amount of time to present their arguments and in all four cases the judges asked insightful and penetrating questions right from the start. There was even a little levity, with Judge O’Malley commenting about the federal shutdown and eliciting a few laughs from the audience. Following the oral arguments, the judges took questions from the audience at a roundtable discussion.
Watching the legal process in action was a compelling and absorbing experience, and the Widener Law community is grateful to the Court for bringing this distinctive learning opportunity to campus.