On March 15, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will move its court to Boalt for the day. A three-judge panel from the federal court will hear live cases, argued by attorneys of record before Boalt students, alums and members of the general public. Ninth Circuit Day is an annual tradition at the law school that routinely draws hundreds of spectators. The session takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Booth Auditorium. Afterward, judges will take questions from the audience.
“This is one of those great opportunities when a branch of government actually comes to you,” said Boalt 3L Mani Sheik, chair of the Moot Court Board, which sponsors the event. “You can go and watch the judiciary in action.”
The calendar includes an immigration asylum case, an Arizona prisoner’s appeal involving withheld religious mail, a civil case against the U.S. government involving the importation of Spanish clementine oranges, and a case by two boxers appealing their conviction on sports bribery charges.
Because of heightened security, spectators are encouraged to arrive early.