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MC School of Law Welcomes Mississippi Court of Appeals

November 12, 2007

Mississippi College School of Law students will get front-row seats as they witness proceedings of the Mississippi Court of Appeals on the downtown Jackson campus Tuesday.

"We believe our students will benefit from being able to watch the Mississippi Court of Appeals in action," said MC Law Dean Jim Rosenblatt. "Observation and demonstration are valuable learning techniques."

The court's oral arguments will be heard in the case of a Hinds County Circuit Court criminal conviction for the charges of aggravated assault and armed robbery. Arguments will be presented by Hinds County Assistant Public Defender Virginia Lynn Watkins and Special Assistant Attorney General Stephanie Wood.

Open to the public, Tuesday's oral arguments will be heard in Room 151 at the MC School of Law at 151 East Griffith Street. The proceedings begin at 2:30 p.m.

Members of the Court of Appeals have convened for oral arguments on college campuses before as a teaching tool for law school or pre-law students. The court heard cases at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg in March and at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford in April. It's the first time the court has gathered to hear an oral argument at the MC law school.

"The students have an opportunity to step outside the classroom and into the real world,'' said Court of Appeals Judge David A. Chandler of Ackerman in a court news release sent to statewide media.

Rosenblatt said the MC law school would like to host a Court of Appeals hearing on a regular basis. The oral arguments Tuesday will be taped and the video will become available at a later date on the law school's web site. The MC law school is located just a few blocks away from the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

PHOTO: MC Law Dean Jim Rosenblatt