DARTMOUTH — In the same room where University of Massachusetts School of Law students hold trial practice, the three Massachusetts Appeals Court justices heard three criminal and three civil court cases on which they will have to rule.
Third-year law Amelia Ashworth, after observing the six cases as they were argued before Chief Justice Mark V. Green, Associate Justice Vickie L. Henry and Associate Justice John C. Englander, said it’s really informative to know how the lawyers structured their arguments.
The event on Thursday was one said she wouldn’t want to miss because they can really learn from listening to the oral arguments and watching how the attorneys interact with the justices.
“We took trial practice over the summer, so it was really the first time we ever started even learning how a real trial goes and how to really publicly speak in front of people, and to even perform examinations or cross-examinations or just to speak in front of a judge. So I think the formality of it is always really helpful to try to apply to our studies,” she said.
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It’s not the first time the Appeals Court has heard cases in Dartmouth as part of an effort to broaden public awareness, understanding and accessibility of the Massachusetts court system. The justices will continue to hear oral arguments in cases on appeal at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston during the month.
UMass Law hosted Appeals Court
For third-year law student Amelia DeMelo, it was rewarding that UMass Law was chosen to host the Appeals Court (instead of other law schools that are not close by) and to see how many students were interested in this opportunity to see what