U.S. Court of Appeals to Hear Oral Arguments at University of Arizona Law

As part of its ongoing public education effort, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hold oral arguments for three cases during a special court session at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. The arguments will be followed by a question and answer session.

This judicial visit is hosted by the college’s William H. Rehnquist Center.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, 2-4 p.m.
Where: University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd., Room 164 (Ares Auditorium). Campus map: http://map.arizona.edu/
Who may attend: The event is free and open to the public. Seating is available first to those who have registered. Others are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows. Please arrive early to allow extra time for check-in. 
Registration: Audience members may register to hear arguments in cases one and two, arguments in case three, or arguments in all three cases. REGISTER HERE.

Courtroom Rules: Audience members may transition in and out of the courtroom only at the designated times. There is no entry or exit while arguments are underway. 

Photo ID required. No backpacks, purses, or electronic equipment allowed in the courtroom. We cannot offer secure storage for your belongings, so please make arrangements ahead of time. No food or drink allowed. No t-shirts, shorts, hats, sunglasses, or flip flops. 


2-2:20 p.m.
Brent Quade v. Arizona Board of Regents
Brent Quade, an Arizona State University Polytechnic student, appeals from the district court's Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) dismissal of his action against the Arizona Board of Regents alleging he was falsely charged with sexually assaulting a female student, and wrongfully discharged from college and evicted from campus.

2:20-2:50 p.m.
Veronica Ochoa-Valenzuela v. Ford Motor Co.
[Note: opening brief is sealed]  Veronica Ochoa-Valenzuela and her children appeal the district court's judgment, following a jury trial, in Ochoa-Valenzuela's diversity action, alleging product liability arising from a single-vehicle, multiple rollover accident in which Ochoa-Valenzuela was injured.

3-3:40 p.m.
Mark Monje v. Spin Master Incorporated
Mark and Beth Monje appeal (15-16480), and Moose Enterprises Proprietary Limited cross appeals (1-16567) the district court's judgment, following an eight-day jury trial, in a diversity action brought by the Monjes against Spin Master Inc., Spin Master Limited, Toys R Us, Inc. and Moose Enterprises after the Monjes' son R. M. ate "Aqua Dots" toy beads and suffered permanent brain damage. The jury found total damages of $435,000, and apportioned fault among parties and non-parties. Moose Enterprises, an Australian company, developed and distributed the beads, and Spin Master distributed the beads in the United States. 

3:40-4 p.m.
Question and Answer Session


Event Contact: Bernadette Wilkinson, senior program coordinator, UA James E. Rogers College of Law, bwilkins@email.arizona.edu, 520-626-1629.

Media Contact: Tracy Mueller, assistant dean, external communications and marketing, UA James E. Rogers College of Law, tracymueller@email.arizona.edu, 520-621-1563.