The Delaware campus served as the venue for oral arguments before the Delaware Supreme Court recently. Now in its eighth year, the court’s annual visit to the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom was a big draw for students.
More than 200 people filled the courtroom for the 40-minute hearing. The room was at capacity with students standing in the back of the gallery and still others watching from an overflow classroom. It was the first time newly installed Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. presided over oral arguments at the law school.
Strine thanked the attorneys who accommodated the court’s travel plans by reporting to the law school for the hearing. To chuckles, he acknowledged their professionalism in arguing before such an “intimidating,” sizeable crowd in a “coliseum-like setting.” Court staff estimated it was the largest crowd ever assembled for oral arguments at Widener.
“Thank you for helping us provide this important learning experience for the students,” Strine told the attorneys.
Strine was joined by Justices Randy J. Holland
and Jack B. Jacobs. Holland is a member of the law school adjunct faculty teaching a course on state constitutional law and Jacobs has also taught as a law school adjunct, in the area of advanced corporations. Retired Justice Joseph T. Walsh
, who currently teaches a seminar in advanced corporations for the law school, watched from the gallery.
The court heard one case, an appeal arising from a medical negligence action involving the timing of a malignant breast tumor diagnosis. It was an appeal of a Superior Court judge’s decision to grant judgment as a matter of law, after finding that no reasonable juror could find in the plaintiff’s favor on the issue of medical causation. Attorneys Ben T. Castle, Dennis D. Ferri and Ryan Keating all argued.