Supreme Court invites public to college sessions
Cases and Schedule:
The Washington state Supreme Court will hold court at Centralia College during a two-day visit scheduled for May 9 and 10. The nine justices will meet with students, lead classes, hold official court sessions, and will also be presenters in a 90-minute Lyceum on Wednesday for the public. The Justices also invite the public to sit in as they hold session on three cases on Thursday.
“It is an honor for this college to host the Supreme Court. We are looking forward to the court visiting Centralia and interacting with our students and our community,” Jim Walton, president of Centralia College, said.
On Wednesday, May 9, Justices Mary Fairhurst, James Johnson, and Steven Gonzalez will preside over the Lyceum beginning with an overview of the Supreme Court. That will be followed with discussion of judicial topics including: funding of basic education in K-12; school violence including bullying, sexual and racial harassment, shootings and guns on campus, gay rights including marriage, growth management, law enforcement and civil rights, and first amendment rights.
Stuart Halsan, Centralia College Board of Trustee member, will serve as the moderator. The Lyceum takes place in the college’s Corbet Theatre beginning at 1 p.m. The public is invited.
Concurrently, Associate Chief Justice Charles Johnson and Justice Debra Stephens will lead a political science class and Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and Justice Susan Owens will lead a criminal justice class. Both will later join the Lyceum. Justices Charlie Wiggins and Stephens will lead an anthropology class.
Following the Wednesday Lyceum and student classroom experiences, the justices will take a break before attending a reception.
On Thursday, the justices will hold two morning open sessions and one afternoon session, each followed by a short recess. The final two sessions will have a 20-minute question and answer session with the audience. The first session begins at 9 a.m., the second at 10 a.m.; the afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. All sessions are in Corbet Theatre. The public is invited.
The justices will deliberate in private beginning at 2:30 p.m. before adjournment.
There will be a photo opportunity with the justices at 1 p.m. on Thursday, in front of Washington Hall.