The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals returns to the West Virginia University College of Law Tuesday, March 25.
Beginning at 10 a.m., five cases will be heard in the Law Center Marlyn Lugar Courtroom during this 13th annual visit from the states highest court. The public is invited to attend, or persons may watch and listen to arguments on the courts Web site at http://www.courtswv.gov.
“We are extremely pleased that the Supreme Court again will return to our College of Law to hear cases in the morning and to judge the Baker Cup Competition finals in the afternoon,”said John W. Fisher II, dean and professor of law.
Included on the docket is the case of Frank Longwell, et. al. v. Board of Education of Marshall County , which considers if school districts should be permitted to hire outside legal counsel instead of using the services of the county prosecuting attorney and how such issues should be determined in the future.
The second case, Patricia Hannah, et. al. v. David P. Heeter, et. V, Patricia Hannah (Cazin), et. al. , questions whether negligent and intentional spoilation of evidence can be a stand-alone tort.
Legal malpractice claims is at issue in the two consolidated cases of Delaware CWC Liquidation Corp. et. al. v. Robert P. Martin and Daniel J. Garlets, et. al. v. Robert D. Aitcheson, Esq .
The final case, In Re: Russell Morgan Williams, et. al. v. GMAC Mortgage, et. al. , involves a look at Chapter 7 bankruptcy action.
The Courts five justices also will judge two student finalists in the schools Moot Court George C. Baker Cup Competition at 1:30 p.m, also in the Lugar Courtroom and open to the public.
“For our students to experience, firsthand, the appellate arguments of cases pending before the Court is an excellent educational opportunity,”Fisher said”and, for two student finalists in the Baker Cup Competition to argue before the Court provides an unforgettable experience for them, as well as provides a wonderful learning opportunity for all of our students.”