Delaware Supreme Court to hear oral arguments at Widener Law
Public Relations - Published: April 14, 2014
Revised 4/14/2014

Widener University School of Law is pleased to announce the Delaware Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the Wilmington, Del. campus on Wednesday, April 16. The Court will convene in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom to hear one case beginning at 11 a.m. Students are encouraged to attend and take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to watch the state’s highest court in action.

The following case will be heard by a three-justice panel:

11 a.m. Barbara Mammarella v. Dr. Alan Evantash. This appeal arises from a medical negligence action involving the timing of a malignant breast tumor diagnosis. It is 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.

Mammarella is represented by attorney Ben T. Castle; Evantash’s attorneys are Dennis D. Ferri and Ryan Keating.

The arguments will mark the eighth 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.

Everyone who attends the hearings must 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. 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, cell phones and all other portable electronic devices, including tablets and laptop computers, will not be allowed in the courtroom.