Texas Supreme Court in session at UTPA March 3
Posted: 02/24/2011
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The Student Union Theater at The University of Texas-Pan American will be turned into a courtroom for the highest appellate court for civil litigation in Texas, the Texas Supreme Court, on Thursday, March 3.

This is your chance to see the Chief Justice - Wallace B. Jefferson - and eight Justices - Nathan L. Hecht, Dale Wainwright, David Medina, Paul W. Green, Phil Johnson, Don R. Willett, Eva Guzman and Debra Lehrmann - in action. The last time the justices heard cases on campus was in 2001.

Students, faculty, staff, and public are invited to attend and hear oral arguments on two cases - 09-0340 Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania v. Carmen Muro, from Dallas County, 5th District, and 10-0235 Re State of Texas, from Travis County, 3rd District.

Hearing Schedule

7:30 a.m. - Doors Open

9 a.m. - First Hearing

9:40-9:50 - Break

9:50 a.m. - Second Hearing

10:30 a.m. - Short Q&A session with Chief Justice and Eight Justices

For individuals planning to attend the hearings, there are some guidelines that must be followed:

Arrive early because of mandated security screenings.

No backpacks, purses, cellphones or cameras will be allowed in the hearing room (Student Union Theatre).

No talking or texting while cases are being argued.

No leaving the Student Union while a case is being argued (there will be break between cases).

If you are unable to attend in person, the hearings can be viewed live at

For more information or to request special accommodations, call (956) 665-2260.