Appeals Court holds session for Law Day

Issue June 2011

On May 2, a panel of three justices of the Massachusetts Appeals Court heard oral arguments in six appeals in a special sitting that was held in Dartmouth at the University of  Massachusetts School of Law.

The event was part of the Appeals Court's continuing outreach to communities outside of Boston, where the court generally holds its sittings. Before the start of the session, Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, along with Hon. Elspeth Cypher and Hon. Sydney Hanlon, took the opportunity to commemorate Law Day as they welcomed students and teachers from the Criminal Justice Program at the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School.

During the morning recess, the justices participated in a question and answer period with the students. The topics ranged from the role of the Appeals Court and appellate judges to how interested students can prepare themselves for a legal career. Also present was MBA President Denise Squillante, who was invited by Rapoza to speak to the students about the important role that lawyers play in a society governed by the rule of law.