Supreme Court of California to Hold Special Session at Berkeley Law

ATTENTION: journalists covering courts, the law, social justice

Susan Gluss, (510) 642-6936,
Lynn Holton, (415) 865-7726,

UC Berkeley School of Law will host a special outreach session of the Supreme Court of California as part of the Court’s effort to improve public understanding of its role and function. The Court will hear oral arguments in the law school’s Booth Auditorium, marking the ninth year in a row that the Court will sit outside of its usual chambers to educate and interact with the local community.

Law students, university faculty and staff, and dozens of high school and middle school students are expected to attend the session. The morning program will feature opening remarks by the Chief Justice of California, Ronald George, and Berkeley Law Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., followed by a question-and-answer session between law students and the justices.

For more details about the individual cases, go to:


The California Channel, a public affairs cable network, will broadcast oral arguments in all cases during the morning and afternoon sessions. The network reaches 6.5 million viewers across the state and will offer a satellite link to facilitate coverage by other stations. Local viewing information is available at

This special broadcast will also be web cast on The California Channel’s website,

Tuesday, November 3, 2009          
(08:45 am – 12:00 noon PT)
(1:30 pm –  4:30 pm   PT)

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Press pool (mult) will be provided on site.
Trouble Number: (916) 444.9792 Ext. 7

UC Berkeley School of Law, Booth Auditorium. See campus map.

The session is a collaboration between the Supreme Court of California and UC Berkeley School of Law.

The cases concern issues about DNA evidence, sex offender registration, juvenile justice, and more. The schedule of oral arguments follows:

9:00 A.M.

  • People v. Robinson (Paul Eugene), S15852
  • People v. Kelly (Patrick K.) (and related habeas corpus matter), S164830

1:30 P.M.

  • In re J. (E.) on Habeas Corpus; S157631 In re P. (S.) on Habeas Corpus; S157633 In re S. (J.) on Habeas Corpus; and S157634 In re T. (K.) on Habeas Corpus (consolidated cases)
  • People v. McKee (Richard), S162823
  • People v. Lessie (Tony), S163453

Event is free for media.

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