A panel of three justices of the Massachusetts Appeals Court will hear oral arguments in six appeals in a special session to be held on the campus of University of Massachusetts, located in Boston. The sitting, part of the Appeals Court's educational outreach program, is open to the public. Teachers and students from UMass Boston are expected to attend and have been participating in classroom discussions conducted by Attorney Denise Kenneally, a member of the Appeals Court staff and UMass-Boston alumna. Richard Campbell, Esq., also an alumnus, President of the Mass. Bar Association and a member of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, will welcome the court in a brief ceremony at the start of the session.
Oral arguments for each case take approximately thirty minutes. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The SJC Rule for cameras in the courtroom will apply: http://www.massreports.com/courtrules/sjcrules.aspx#Rule1:19. Interested media representatives should contact Tina LaFranchi in advance of the sitting.
Immediately following the session, members of the panel, Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, Hon. Scott Kafker and Hon. William Meade, will conduct an informal question and answer period for the students on general topics related to the role of Massachusetts Appeals Court. (Pending matters will not be discussed.)