Iowa Supreme Court Day held Sept. 7

The Iowa Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments in two cases at the University of Iowa College of Law last week as part of the law school’s annual Supreme Court Day events.

The traditional Supreme Court Day moot court argument also was held with two teams of students arguing a mock appellate case before the justices.

“My colleagues and I enjoy visiting with young people about our responsibilities on the supreme court, the Iowa court system, and to answer questions students may have about the judicial branch of government,” Chief Justice Mark Cady says. “The students always have excellent questions, and by meeting with them we hope to help explain the role of the courts within our constitutional democracy.”

The following law students participated in the case: Gina Messamer, ’13, and Bryce Dalton, ’13, attorneys for the state/appellee, and John Markham, ’13, and Ravi Narayan, ’13, attorneys for the defendant/appellant. John Maschman, ’13, received special recognition for his excellent effort in writing the fictitious problem for the moot court case. Adjunct Professor Justice David Baker provided guidance for his work. The students were outstanding advocates, and received a valuable experience and expert advice from the justices.

The day’s events were well attended and followed by in-home dinners hosted by law faculty. On Saturday, the College organized a pre-game cookout, sponsored by Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.C., before the Iowa vs. Iowa State football game.

Funding for Supreme Court Day is provided by the University of Iowa Student Government, the Iowa Law School Foundation, the Richard W. Baskerville Fund, and the Justice Henry Peterson Supreme Court Day Fund, which was created in his memory by the family of the late Iowa Supreme Court Justice Peterson.

The Supreme Court Day visit is part of a College of Law tradition that honors the historic relationship between the law school and the state’s top court. The College of Law was founded in 1865 when Chief Justice George G. Wright established the law school in his judicial chambers.

The visit to the UI is part of the Supreme Court’s initiative over recent terms to hear cases outside Des Moines and make it easier for Iowans to see the court at work. This term, the court will hear arguments in Ottumwa, Waterloo, Sioux City, and Dubuque.