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Delaware Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument at Delaware Law School


The Delaware Supreme Court returned for their 2020 visit to Delaware Law School to hear oral argument in one case in front of a packed Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom.  More than 200 students, faculty, and staff attended the argument in the Courtroom and another 75-100 attendees viewed the argument remotely. 

The Court has a long-standing tradition of hearing oral argument at the law school so that students can experience the live court proceeding in our own courtroom facility.  The annual visit by the Court is a noteworthy point of pride for the school.  Delaware Law School’s five Wolcott Fellows were in attendance at the arguments, as well as Supreme Court law clerks and staff. 

Wolcott Fellows are law school students who serve as part-time law clerks to the Supreme Court justices, and one of their weekly duties is to attend oral arguments which are customarily heard in Dover, Delaware.

All five members of the Delaware Supreme Court heard the oral argument on February 19th.  Chief Justice Collins J. Seitz, Jr. was joined on the bench by Justices Karen L. Valihura; James T. Vaughn, Jr.; Gary F. Traynor, and Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to hear argument in the case.

Delaware Law School Dean Rodney A. Smolla said, “We were honored once again to host the oral arguments of the Delaware Supreme Court at Delaware Law.  We were treated to a case presenting compelling legal issues and presented by superb advocates.  In substance and symbol, it was a terrific day for us.  We are most thankful to the Supreme Court for this remarkable educational opportunity.”