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State Supreme Court to hold session on campus

- October 16, 2006

The Connecticut Supreme Court will travel to Storrs on Tuesday, Oct. 17, as part of its annual "Supreme Court on Tour" program.

The justices will hear two cases, one criminal and one civil, in Rome Ballroom. Their visit to campus is part of an educational initiative of the Connecticut Judicial Branch to introduce students, educators, and the public to the role of the appellate court system.

"The Supreme Court is pleased to be part of this wonderful opportunity for students to learn about the appellate court system," Senior Associate Justice David M. Borden says. "We look forward to visiting the UConn campus."

University President Philip E. Austin says, "The Supreme Court's visit to UConn provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to see first-hand the workings of a vital branch of government. Many of our students are contemplating careers in law, and they are especially looking forward to the court sessions.

But the judicial process is something of general interest, and I know this will be a valuable educational experience for all who attend."

The criminal case, State of Connecticut vs. Mark St. John , will start at 10 a.m., and the civil case, Ricigliano vs. Ideal Forging Corp. et al. , will start at noon. Arguments in both cases will last about an hour.

A question-and-answer period with the attorneys involved in each case will follow each argument. Volunteer attorneys - who will meet with students beforehand to prepare them for the arguments - will facilitate these sessions.

Kathryn Ward Bare, a special deputy assistant state attorney, is assigned to the civil case; Andrea Donovan of Robinson & Cole is assigned to the criminal case. Both are former Supreme Court law clerks.

The following items may not be brought into the ballroom during the event: cellular phones, pagers, radios, laptop computers, cassette players, CD players, DVD players, televisions, recording devices, cameras and video equipment, boom boxes or any type of musical listening devices, backpacks, suitcases, duffel bags, bladed or pointed items, including but not limited to umbrellas, nail files, scissors, and razors, knives of any kind, including key chain Swiss Army-type tools, weapons or dangerous instruments of any type, and food or beverages of any kind, including but not limited to snacks, candy, and gum.

To help the screening process, it is recommended not to bring briefcases, backpacks, pocketbooks, or bags.

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