Fifth Court to Hear Cases at Baylor Law School April 6-8

April 3, 1998

by Alan Hunt

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will hear oral arguments at Baylor University School of Law Monday through Wednesday. The hearings, which are open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. daily in Room 110 at the law school.

Brad Toben, law school dean, said he has encouraged law students to take full advantage of "this excellent learning opportunity" provided by the court, which ordinarily hears arguments at the U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans. He said the court is scheduled to hear arguments in five cases each day during its Baylor visit.

The court bench will include Judge Harold R. DeMoss Jr., Judge Thomas M. Reavley, and Judge Robert M. Parker. Additionally, Judge Sam D. Johnson will attend as court liaison.

Toben said each case will take approximately 40 minutes. The 15 cases on the docket include separate appeals involving allegations of age discrimination, infringement of First Amendment rights of free speech, and racial discrimination against an employee. Another case involves allegations by a student that the University of Texas at Austin denied him admission to a doctoral program by employing "racial criteria" in its admissions process.

NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS: Cameras are not permitted in the courtroom.

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