Delaware Supreme Court to hear oral arguments Wednesday
Public Relations - Published: April 5, 2010
SupremesPromo2010Widener University School of Law is pleased to announce the Delaware Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the Wilmington campus on Wednesday, April 7. The Court will convene in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom to hear three cases beginning at 10 a.m.

Each case will be heard by a three-justice panel. They are:

10 a.m. Clariant v. Hartford Mutual. This case involves an appeal and cross appeal from a Superior Court decision in a dispute over insurance coverage for claims arising from injuries sustained by an employee of a commercial tenant, while the employee was on the premises leased by his employer.

Attorney Mary Sherlock, who represents Harford Mutual, is a 1983 Widener Law alumna.

11 a.m. McCall, et al. v. Anderson, et al. This is an objectors’ appeal from the Court of Chancery’s final approval of a settlement involving several actions that were filed to challenge PNC’s purchase of National City Corp. The objectors maintain the settlement was not fair to National’s shareholders.

Attorney Rick S. Miller, who represents McCall, is a 1995 Widener Law alumnus.

Noon. Lingo v. Lingo. This brother-sister dispute looks at whether the sister, who cared for the duo’s infirm mother and was later found to have converted some of the mother’s assets to personal use, can legally inherit the assets that were wrongfully converted, now that the mother has died.

“This annual visit from the Delaware Supreme Court is a highlight of our spring semester at Widener Law,” Dean Linda L. Ammons said. “The Court’s presence enriches the legal education experience for our students and we are grateful for this access. The experience provides a valuable teaching tool.”

The arguments will mark the fourth consecutive year the Court has visited the law school. The oral arguments are open to the public and will follow the same protocol the Court uses when it sits in its own courtroom in Dover. The Court will allow one media representative with a still camera and one with a video camera to attend upon request. If multiple requests are made for still or video cameras, the outlet first requesting access will become the pool supplier of footage. Audio feeds for radio use will be available through the law school’s audio-visual control room.

Court protocol also requires everyone who attends the hearings to submit to a security check before entering the Vale Courtroom. Capitol Police will be on campus the day of oral arguments to provide security for the Court, as the officers normally do when the Court sits in Dover. No one may enter or exit the courtroom after an oral argument has started, although entry and exit between oral arguments are permitted. Anyone who creates a disturbance must leave the courtroom and may not return, and the Court prohibits outward displays of emotion by people in the gallery.

Food, drink, BlackBerry devices and all other portable electronic devices including cell phones will not be allowed in the courtroom.