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.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.