Delaware Supreme Court to hear arguments on the Wilmington campus
Public Relations - Published: March 26, 2008
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The Delaware Supreme Court on the Delaware Campus, 2007

Widener University School of Law is pleased to announce the Delaware Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the Wilmington campus Tuesday, April 8. The Court will convene in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom to hear two cases beginning at 10 a.m.

Because the Court is sitting in panels, each side will get 20 minutes to make its argument. The cases are:

10 a.m. John Chavous v. State of Delaware. This appeal of a New Castle County Superior Court case focuses on a question of whether a trial judge abused discretion in denying Chavous’ request to withdraw a guilty plea to first-degree robbery.

Two Widener Law alumni are opposing counsel on the case. Assistant Public Defender Robert M. Goff Jr., ’88, will argue for Chavous. Deputy Attorney General Kevin M. Carroll, ’06, will argue for the state.

11 a.m. Peter Feldman v. Rory J. Cutaia, et al. This appeal of a New Castle County Court of Chancery case focuses on breach-of-fiduciary-duty allegations arising out of a merger approval.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Delaware Supreme Court back to campus, as their presence here enriches the legal education experience for our students. Widener is especially proud of the alumni who will appear before the Court, and we look forward to hearing their opposing views on the criminal case,” Law Dean Linda L. Ammons said. “We are grateful to the Supreme Court for giving us this valuable access to their oral arguments.”

The oral arguments are open to the public and will follow the same protocol the Court uses when it sits in its own courtroom in Dover, including requiring everyone who attends to submit to a security check before entering the Vale Courtroom. Capitol Police will be on campus the day of oral arguments to provide security for the Court. No one may enter or exit the courtroom after an oral argument has started and anyone who creates a disturbance must leave the courtroom and may not return. The Court prohibits outward displays of emotion by people in the gallery.

Food, drink, BlackBerry devices and all other electronic devices including cellular phones and pagers will not be allowed in the courtroom.