Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-10-14


The Alabama Supreme Court and the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals will hear oral arguments at Samford University Thursday, Oct. 21, in Wright Center Concert Hall.


The event, sponsored by Samford’s Cumberland School of Law and the Birmingham Bar Foundation, is open to the public. Call to order will be at 9:10 a.m. About 990 area high school and college students will attend the session.


The nine-member Supreme Court will hear arguments in Ex parte E.R.G. and D.W.G., a case involving grandparents’ visitation rights, beginning at 9:30 a.m.


The five-member Court of Civil Appeals will hear arguments in Consolidated Pipe & Supply v. City of Bessemer,, a breach of contract case involving a Bessemer outlet mall, beginning at 10:50 a.m. 


The courts will adjourn at 11:50 a.m.


Students who plan to attend represent Central Park Christian, Gardendale, Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic, Homewood, Hoover, Huffman, Indian Springs, Jackson-Olin, J.D. Johnson/Magnet Law Academy of Huntsville, Mountain Brook, Oak Grove, Pelham, Ramsay, Spain Park, Thompson, Trussville middle and high schools, Vestavia and Wenonah. Samford undergraduate students and Cumberland law students will also attend.


Earlier in October, attorneys visited the participating schools to discuss the Alabama court process and the cases that will be heard.  The Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education helped prepare the students to understand the proceedings.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.