Southeastern to host First Circuit Court of Appeal March 19-20

Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: February 26, 2013


     HAMMOND – The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal will hold oral arguments March 19-20 on the Southeastern Louisiana University campus.
     Scheduled at 10 a.m., the hearings will be held in the Student Union Theatre located in the university's War Memorial Student Union.
     While domiciled in Baton Rouge where hearings are normally held, the First Circuit occasionally travels to other locations within the district as part of its educational outreach, explained Judge James E. Kuhn of Ponchatoula, a 1968 graduate of Southeastern.
     The practice of "riding circuit" was reinstated by the First Circuit in the early 1990s. The court has met several times in the past at Southeastern, as has the Louisiana State Supreme Court.
     Judge Kuhn is serving as chief of the three judge panel that also includes Judges John T. Pettigrew and J. Michael McDonald. He said students from area schools and Southeastern, as well as the general public, are invited to attend the hearings, where they can see the judicial proceedings.
     The hearings will also allow the judges and their staffs to meet with members of the local bar and the community.
     "These judicial sessions provide a truly great learning opportunity for our students and individuals in the surrounding communities to see justice in action," said William B. Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science and one of the coordinators of the visit. "While it is especially relevant for those studying for a career in law enforcement and those planning to attend law school, it should be of interest to anyone who is a concerned citizen of our state and our nation."
     Copies of the court's docket will be available on the court's website,




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