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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 47 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. The students are able to read the briefs and summaries of the cases. They 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 2014 school year on the dates and at the locations listed below:

April 8, 2015​ Madras High School, Madras
March 31, 2015 ​Grants Pass High School, Grants Pass
February 24, 2015 McKay High School, Salem
June 14, 2015 Molalla High School
December 10, 2014 Central Catholic High School, Portland
November 14, 2014 Roosevelt High School, Portland
January 16, 2014 University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene
 
 
If you are interested in having the court visit your community, please read the School Requirements for more details. If you would like further information with regard to the Court of Appeals' school visitation program, please contact Nina Stoddard at 503.986.5664 or christina.l.stoddard@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 recent trip to Wheeler and Jefferson County in eastern Oregon, the Court
  • heard oral arguments and talked with students at Spray High School
  • met with the Warm Springs Tribal Counsel
  • had lunch with the Rotary and Kiwanis Club in Madras
  • had lunch with the Rotary Club in Prineville
  • met with the local bar at the Jefferson County Courthouse
  • met with the court and bar association in The Dalles
Court of Appeals Chief Judge Rick Haselton 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 Rick Haselton at 503-986-5678 or rick.t.haselton@ojd.state.or.us.
 
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.