Nebraska Supreme Court to Hold Court Session at Omaha Central High School

Nebraska Supreme Court to Hold Court Session at Omaha Central High School

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Oral Arguments from Central High Available Online Through Livestreaming As part of the Nebraska Supreme Court’s ongoing outreach and education efforts, Supreme Court Justices will hold oral arguments at Omaha Central High School on March 31, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. This marks the first time that the Supreme Court has held arguments on a high school campus. The visit is part of a continuing effort by the Nebraska Supreme Court and the legal community to raise awareness of court processes and the importance of civics education to our society. “It is critical that our students understand the workings of our democratic institutions and have confidence in our court system,” said Chief Justice Mike Heavican. “The Court looks forward to the Central High visit and a learning experience for both the students and the Court.” "We are thrilled at the opportunity this provides for Central High School students to see the highest level of the Nebraska judicial system in action,” said Central High principal Dr. Ed Bennett. “It will also be a great opportunity to welcome the Court symbolically back to Capitol Hill, the site of Nebraska's Territorial Capitol." Thursday's argument at Omaha Central will follow the Supreme Court’s oral argument session at the Creighton University School of Law at 9:30 a.m. For over 30 years, the Supreme Court has traveled annually to each of Nebraska’s law schools for the purpose of making the Court’s business accessible to students on their campuses. Justices spend time after the argument sessions talking to students about the appellate process and career opportunities as lawyers. Cases are selected to demonstrate the variety of legal arguments that face the court system on a regular basis. According to Social Studies Department Chair Gary Groff, "This will be an exceptional opportunity for the Central High community, and we are extremely honored to host the first visit by the Nebraska Supreme Court to a high school campus. Our students are studying the American judicial system at both the state and federal levels in their government classes, and this will be an outstanding way for them to see an actual working court." National Public Trust and Confidence studies have shown that when people have a greater knowledge of the American justice system and the role of the courts, their confidence in and support for the courts is reinforced. In developing educational opportunities for people of all ages, Nebraska’s legal community and court system support learning about the role, functions, and accomplishments of their courts to cultivate a more engaged, active, and conscientious citizenry. All argument sessions, whether held at the Supreme Court courtroom or outside of the State Capitol, are open to the public. NET Television will livestream both the 9:30 a.m. arguments at Creighton and the 1:00 p.m. argument at Omaha Central as part of its coverage, which can be viewed online at NET's Website: www.netnebraska.org/publicmedia/capitol.html (Link will appear as: Nebraska Supreme Court Arguments Omaha Central High School). Thursday, March 31 09:30 am Judiciary: Nebraska Supreme Court oral arguments at Creighton Law School Nebraska Supreme Court oral arguments at Creighton Law School from 9:30-noon 01:00 pm Judiciary: Nebraska Supreme Court arguments Omaha Central High School Nebraska Supreme Court oral arguments at Omaha Central High School from 1-3:00pm •Supreme Court Law School Oral Arguments (Nebraska) https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/10291/supreme-court-law-school-oral-ar... •Oral Argument Broadcast and Live Stream (Nebraska) https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/10221/oral-argument-broadcast-and-live... •Nebraska State Court of Appeals' College Campus Initiative https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/9244/nebraska-state-court-appeals-coll... •Omaha Central High School http://central.ops.org/ •Public Trust and Confidence in the Courts: A National Conference and Beyond http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1011&context=p...