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Second Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Cases at Yale Law School on Nov. 25

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will be sitting at Yale Law School on November 25, 2008, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The Court will hear oral arguments in six cases from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The arguments will take place in the Yale Law School auditorium, 127 Wall Street, New Haven. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has hardly ever sat outside Manhattan,” said Dennis Jacobs, Chief Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. “Yet there are other cities within the Circuit that have many active federal practitioners and centers of legal learning. Sitting in those cities allows lawyers, students, and the public to see what we do.”

“This is a true occasion for thanksgiving: the first time in memory that this storied court has heard argument at a law school where it has myriad ties,” said Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh.

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. with brief opening remarks by Yale Law School Professor Daniel Markovits ’00, former law clerk to Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Guido Calabresi ’58. Markovits will speak about the historical connection between Yale Law School and the Second Circuit, and the nature of the Second Circuit as a court. 

Oral arguments commence at 10:00 a.m. The following cases will be heard: United States of America v. Boubacar Bah; United States of America v. Mohamed Bahaa El Din Hamdy; Carrie Gorton v. Sullivan County BOCES; David H. Weintraub v. Board of Education of the City et. al; James E. Pietrangelo, II v. United States Army; and Olga Sergueeva v. Michael B. Mukasey, U.S. Attorney General.  Click here for the briefs and summaries of each case.

To help the screening process and movement in and out of the auditorium, it is recommended that observers not bring briefcases, backpacks, pocketbooks, or bags. No food or drink will be allowed in the courtroom. Videotaping and cell phone use are prohibited.

News media organizations wishing to audio record or photograph the oral arguments, or those seeking more information about the program, should contact Catherine O’Hagan Wolfe, Clerk of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, at 212-857-8585.