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Texas 7th Court of Appeals hears oral arguments at TTU School of Law

7th Court of Appeals Chief Justice Brian Quinn (source: KCBD video) 7th Court of Appeals Chief Justice Brian Quinn (source: KCBD video)
Justice of the 7th Court of Appeals hear oral arguments at TTU School of Law (source: KCBD) Justice of the 7th Court of Appeals hear oral arguments at TTU School of Law (source: KCBD)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Monday, law students and the public had the chance to experience something unique at the Texas Tech School of Law.

The 7th Court of Appeals, which normally convenes in Amarillo, traveled to the Hub City to hear oral arguments in four different cases.

Anyone could sit inside the court room, as the justices and attorneys exchanged questions and answers.

A great chance for Lubbock residents to see a state appellate court in action, and even more so for the law students.

Seventh Court of Appeals Chief Justice Brian Quinn says he always appreciates the chance to come back to the same halls he was inspired in.

 “I graduated in 1981 from Tech Law School, and I remember watching the seventh court of appeals argue here,” Chief Justice Quinn said.

It was the moment when he saw a third year law student arguing a case that left a lasting impression.

“And I said, a law student is doing it. He can do it, we can do it. And we’re going to be trained to do it,” he said.

Now he feels it is his turn to spark that motivation from the current Tech Law students.

“You feel like you are adding something, It’s an important role, and you do have the opportunity to have an effect,” Chief Justice Quinn said.

School of Law Dean Darby Dickerson says this opportunity brings the court to life for the law students.

As they have the chance to see people who were once in their shoes, now arguing cases at the appellate level.

“To have it right here on campus where they can go to class and then come by and see actual attorneys arguing cases, it’s fantastic,” Dickerson said.

For third year law student Mary Castle, seeing this court in action today only strengthened her desire to join this career path.

“It was really interesting to see the laws we are learning in school applied in an argument and to see actually how it affects normal people in actual cases,” Castle said. “I’m glad they’re bringing this kind of stuff to our school so we can work hard and someday inspire to do those things.”

If you are interested in seeing this in person, TTU School of Law Dean Darby Dickerson says they are trying to host the court again sometime in the spring semester as well.

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