University of Arizona Law to Host Arizona Supreme Court Arguments Nov. 9

Oct. 21, 2022

As part of its ongoing public education effort, the Arizona Supreme Court will be holding arguments at the University of Arizona on Nov. 9.   

The justices have identified two cases to be presented, and attorneys representing each side will be given 20 minutes to present their arguments. After the second case, the justices will take questions from the audience, as long as those questions do not pertain to the case or cases they just heard.    

When: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, 2-4 p.m. Guests for case 1 must arrive no later than 1:15 p.m. in order to go through security screening. Check-in for case 2 starts at 2:15 p.m. There is no courtroom entry once court is in session.   

Where: Ares Auditorium, Room 164, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd.  

Who may attend: Seating is limited and available to those who have registered prior to the event. Members of the public are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis as remaining space allows.    

Note that photo ID and Law-issued wristband are required for courtroom entry. All attendees will go through a security screening. No backpacks, purses, or electronic equipment are permitted in the courtroom. We cannot offer secure storage for your belongings, so please make arrangements ahead of time. Phones are permitted in the courtroom but must be turned off. Note that food and beverages are not permitted past security. 


The two cases are: 

2-2:40 p.m.  
Barbara Sowards v. Tommy Sowards, CV-22-0065-PR   
Summary: While the Sowards were married, they settled a lawsuit arising from Husband's pacemaker surgery.  The settlement agreement with the defendants in their lawsuit included a sizeable punitive damage award.  When they divorced, Wife asserted a community interest in the award. The lower courts held that the settlement agreement was a binding property settlement agreement. Did the Court of Appeals commit an error of law in interpreting the Settlement Agreement as a binding property settlement agreement? 

3-3:40 p.m.  
State of Arizona v. Kevin Harry Moninger, CR-21-0239-PR 
Summary: The defendant solicited sex from someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl.  On October 3, 2018, they scheduled a meeting via text message, and he sent additional texts over the next two days. A jury convicted him of one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of luring a minor by "soliciting" sexual conduct, one for each day of messages on October 3, 4, and 5, 2018.  He was sentenced to three consecutive prison terms totaling 22 years for the luring convictions and a consecutive 9-year term for the attempt conviction.  Did the lower courts err in holding that there were three units of prosecution for luring; and, under the statute, are the luring offenses probation-eligible? 

This visit is hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center at the James E. Rogers College of Law. 

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