The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases—one criminal, the other, civil—on Feb. 27, 2020 at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
The state Supreme Court has made five previous visits to the law school under the Judicial Branch’s “On Circuit” educational program, the most recent in 2015. Four of the court's eight justices are UConn Law graduates.
“It is always a pleasure to hold arguments at the UConn School of Law” Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson said. “Students not only have a real-time opportunity to see the appellate process in action, but these future attorneys also see first-hand the skills necessary for effective appellate advocacy.”
The Supreme Court session will begin at 10 a.m. and the docket will include State v. Ricardo Correa, questioning the legality of a warrantless search prompted by a canine sniff, and Antonio Vitti v. City of Milford, questioning entitlement to a permanent partial disability award following a loss of function after a heart transplant. In each case, each side will have 30 minutes to present arguments. After arguments and while the judges confer, attorneys will take part in a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience.
“We are pleased to welcome the Connecticut Supreme Court back to UConn Law. Their sessions on our campus provide students with unique insights on the way the law is developed,” Dean Timothy Fisher said. “They also are able to watch accomplished lawyers at the peak of their craft, then question them about the arguments at the end of the session. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and our campus.”
The public is also welcome to attend the session under the same rules of decorum that apply in the courthouse.