Court of Appeals session at law school Feb. 13

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold a special session from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the School of Law’s Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom in Anheuser-Busch Hall.

The public is invited to hear three appeals cases related to three topics: misconduct during the discovery process, wrongful death and First Amendment retaliation.

The event is a continuing program in which the Court of Appeals periodically holds sessions in law schools as part of an educational program.

Hearing oral arguments will be judges Raymond W. Gruender, J.D., Michael J. Melloy, J.D., and Bobby E. Shepherd, J.D.

A question-and-answer period on procedural issues and judicial clerkships will follow the session.

The event is open to the public, but visitors are asked to enter and exit only during breaks between oral arguments. No backpacks, bags, duffle bags, laptops or cameras are allowed in the courtroom. No food or drink in the courtroom and cell phones must be off.

Case briefs for the oral argument session will be on temporary reserve in the Law Library under “8th Circuit Special Session.”

Following the court session and the question-and-answer period, the School of Law will confer the Legal Practice Excellence Award, a book award that is given to one student in each Legal Practice section for excellent performance in the class during the first year of law school.

This year’s recipients are Alexander Elson, Travis England, Selena Gillham, Anthony Grice, Jennifer Heydemann, Colin O’Brien, Bryan Pennington, Stephanie Quick, Hilary Reid, Benjamin Sandahl, Elizabeth Siemer and Megan Sindel.

These students are recognized for consistently drafting high quality memoranda and briefs in his or her section and for otherwise significantly contributing to the class as a first- year law student.

For more information about the session or award, call 935-6430 or visit