Wednesday, April 12, 2017

4/2 goes back to high school

Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, Conducts Innovative Program and Oral Arguments at Coachella Valley High School

Presiding Justice Manuel A. Ramirez has announced that the Court of Appeal will conduct an innovative court-community program called “Outreach Plus” at Coachella Valley High School in Riverside County in cooperation with Principal Victor Uribe on Thursday, April 13, 2017.
The justices of the Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, will conduct oral arguments in the auditorium and answer questions from students after. In addition, the justices will meet with student body leaders before oral argument and visit with students in their classrooms after to urge students to stay in school and to inform them about the legal system in general, the Court of Appeal in particular, and legal career paths.
Of course the 2d District has been running its amazingly successful ACE program for over a dozen years now! See CRF's page here.

Speaking of 'schooling' justices, what should one do when a justice mispronounces a word? See So Awkward! What to Do When a Justice Butchers a Pronunciation From the Bench?

In The Recorder Justice Beds addresses "one of the petty indignities of the aging process: Learning About Pension Plans -- and as for expanding the court: he explains that he has "long advocated hiring a urologist for our court. We don't need another judge nearly as much as we need a good urologist."

In extremely serious news: Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam of the New York Court of Appeals (aka New York State's highest court) was found dead today in the Hudson River. Police are investigating. See here. "Abdus-Salaam, 65, who lived in Harlem, had served on New York’s highest state court since 2013. She became the first African American woman to serve on the court since its formation in 1847."
[4/13 update: NYT says police are treating this as a suicide; NYLJ reports NY Legal Community in Shock Over Abdus-Salaam's Death.]