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09-27-2012, 09:55 PM
Gonzaga Law School to Host 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Oral Arguments in Three Cases on October 3rd

Legal Issues Range from Sovereign Immunity to First Amendment

SPOKANE, Wash. – As a part of the Gonzaga University School of Law’s Centennial Celebration, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in three cases in the Law School’s Barbieri Courtroom starting at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3. The hearings are open to the public at no cost. The Law School is located at 721 N. Cincinnati St.

An appellate panel made up of Judges Alex Kozinski, Paul J. Watford, and Morgan Christen will have a docket of three cases from the Western District of Washington: United States v. Sin, Slater v. Clarke, and Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign v. King County (Washington) – addressing issues ranging sovereign state immunity to First Amendment issues.

United States v. Sin: Case #11-30378. Seong Sin, former captain of the cargo ship MV STX DAISY, appeals the district judge’s order affirming his 2010 conviction (following a jury trial presided over by a magistrate judge) of misdemeanor operation of a vessel while under the influence of alcohol....

Slater v. Clarke: Case #11-35699. Massachusetts state officials appeal the district court’s denial of their motion for absolute immunity from a suit alleging they were responsible for the premature release of prisoner Daniel Tavares from the Massachusetts Department of Corrections....

Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign v. King County: Case #11-35914. Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign appeals a district court’s summary judgment in its action alleging King County violated plaintiff’s First Amendment rights when Seattle Metro refused to display SeaMAC’s advertisement on Metro buses....

All individuals wishing to attend must present government-issued photo identification; no large bags or backpacks will be allowed in the Barbieri Courtroom. Arguments in each of the three cases will last approximately 30-40 minutes with 10-minute breaks between each case.

This year marks Gonzaga Law School’s 100th Anniversary (Centennial) and Gonzaga University’s 125th anniversary. Many events are planned throughout the year to mark the anniversaries....

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