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School and Community Outreach

The Oregon Court of Appeals judges and staff regularly travel around Oregon to hear oral arguments and talk with high school and college students and community groups about the Court's work and about Oregon's justice system.

Since 1998, the Court has held oral arguments at schools, universities and local courts in 42 different cities. A panel of three judges and a staff person work with the schools and local courts to schedule the trips. The judges meet with students who attend the arguments to discuss the appellate process and the Court's work. Often, students are able to read the briefs in the cases and discuss them in class before the Court arrives; the Court works to choose cases that involve local parties and lawyers and present issues that would interest the students.

The Court of Appeals heard oral arguments during the 2008-2009 school year on the dates and at the locations listed below:

May, 2009

Silverton High School, Silverton

April 13, 2009

University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene

March 11, 2009

Clackamas High School
Eugene

February 26, 2009

Portland Community College
Cascade Campus, Portland

November 18, 2008

Glencoe High School, Hillsboro

October 21, 2008

Burns High School, Burns

September 23, 2008

Century High School, Hillsboro

The court will resume its school outreach program in early 2014. 

If you would like further information with regard to the Court of Appeals' school visitation program, please contact Jill Howell at 503.986.5678 or jill.d.howell@ojd.state.or.us.

When traveling outside Salem, the Court often also meets with local community groups, service clubs, and local bar associations over lunch or dinner.

On a trip to Union and Wallowa Counties in eastern Oregon, the Court

Court of Appeals Judge Rick Haselton recently wrote an article about the Court's "road show."  "Kids Ask the Hardest Questions" first appeared in the Summer 2004 issue of Trial Lawyer, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association's (OTLA) quarterly journal. The author and OTLA gave us permission to republish it here.

If you are interested in inviting the Court to your school or community, please call or write Chief Judge David V. Brewer. Contact information is in the box on the left side of this page.

If you are interested in bringing a class to tour the Supreme Court Building in Salem or to hear oral arguments there, please contact the Appellate Court Services Division to arrange your visit.