Delaware Supreme Court to hear oral arguments at Widener Law
Public Relations - Published: March 19, 2012
2012Supreme CourtOn Campus PromoWidener University School of Law is pleased to announce the Delaware Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the Wilmington campus on Wednesday, March 21. The Court will convene in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom to hear three cases beginning at 10 a.m. Students are encouraged to attend.

Each case will be heard by a panel of three justices. They are:

10 a.m. Joann F. Christian v. Counseling Resource Associates Inc. This is a review of a medical malpractice case filed in Delaware Superior Court for New Castle County that was decided through summary judgment in favor of the defense. It centers on the timing of expert disclosures by attorneys for Christian.

Attorney Albert M. Greto, who represents Christian, is a 1997 Widener Law alumnus. Opposing counsel John D. Balaguer and Andrea C. Rodgers are also Widener Law graduates from 1985 and 2002, respectively.

11 a.m. Peter Brinckerhoff v. Enbridge Energy. This is a review of a Court of Chancery case that was dismissed in September. The appeal focuses, in part, on a limited partnership agreement exculpatory clause.

Noon. Leonard Taylor v. State of Delaware. This is a review of a murder conviction and life sentence. Taylor is seeking a new trial amid claims of improper comments by the prosecution during witness questioning at trial. He also maintains the trial judge should have excluded statements Taylor made to another witness.

Attorney Timothy J. Donovan Jr., who represents the Delaware Department of Justice on the appeal, is a 1981 Widener Law alumnus.

“This annual visit from the Delaware Supreme Court provides a valuable teaching tool and enriches the legal education Widener provides its students,” Law Dean Linda L. Ammons said. “It is a highlight of our spring semester at Widener Law and we are grateful to the members of the court – and court personnel – for making this possible.”

The arguments will mark the sixth 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. That 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 phones and tablets of any kind will not be allowed in the courtroom.