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Oregon Supreme Court School and Community Outreach

Although the Oregon Supreme Court is located in Salem, the justices have a long-standing practice of traveling around the state several times a year to hear oral arguments and talk with students and community groups about the Court's work and Oregon's justice system. Making the appellate process more accessible both enhances Oregonians' understanding of the role that courts play in administering our civil and criminal laws and improve citizens' access to justice.

The Supreme Court has visited the following cities to hear arguments in high schools, colleges, and other venues:

Albany
Ashland
Astoria
Baker City
Beaverton
Coos Bay
Corvallis
Enterprise
Eugene
Gold Beach
Grants Pass
Gresham
La Grande
Medford
Merrill
Molalla
Newport
Ontario
Pendleton
Portland
Prineville
Salem
Tillamook

 

When traveling outside Salem, the Court often arranges to meet with local community and service groups, bar associations, and public officials, usually over lunch or dinner. And the Court usually has question-and-answer sessions with students after the oral arguments. The Court finds these interactive sessions to be the highlight of the trips.

 

If you want to invite the Court to your school or community, please call or write Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer at:

Oregon Supreme Court 
1163 State Street 
Salem, OR 97301-2563 
Phone: 503.986.5717 
Fax: 503.986.5730 
TTY: 503.986.5561

 


 

For the 2014 school year, the Supreme Court currently is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the dates and at the locations listed below:
  
Date
Location
March 4, 2014
Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland
March 11, 2014
Willamette College of Law, Salem
March 13, 2014
University of Oregon College of Law, Eugene
May 6, 2014
Newport High School, Newport
May 7, 2014
Astoria High School, Astoria
 
 
In 2013, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the dates and at the locations listed below:
 
Date
Location
March 11, 2013
Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland
March 12, 2013
Willamette College of Law, Salem
March 14, 2013
University of Oregon College of Law, Eugene
May 2, 2013
 
 
Oregon State University, Corvallis​
(Corvallis Gazette-Times, May 3, 2013, article:
"May it Please the Court" By Bennett Hall) 
​November 5, 2013
​Franklin High School, Portland
 
 
In 2012, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the dates and at the locations listed below:
 
Date
Location
March 5, 2012
Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland
March 6, 2012
Willamette College of Law, Salem
March 8, 2012
University of Oregon College of Law, Eugene
May 3, 2012
Portland Community College, Portland
 
 
In 2011, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the dates and at the locations listed below:
 
Date
Location
March 1, 2011
Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland
March 3, 2011
Willamette College of Law, Salem
March 8, 2011
University of Oregon College of Law, Eugene
 
 
In 2010, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the dates and at the locations listed below:
 
Date
Location
February 19, 2010
De La Salle North Catholic High School, Portland
February 22, 2010
Jesuit High School, Portland
March 2, 2010
Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland
March 4, 2010
Willamette University Law School, Salem
March 5, 2010   
University of Oregon Law School, Eugene
May 7, 2010
Portland State University, Portland 
May 18, 2010
North Medford High School, Medford
May 19, 2010
Ashland High School, Ashland