On Tuesday, September 18th, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court will hold a special session of appellate arguments at Lehigh University in Baker Hall in the Zoellner Arts Center.
The Court, presiding in a panel of three judges, will hear appellate arguments in cases currently pending on the Court’s docket. The Court session will begin at 9:00 a.m. and consist of attorney oral arguments in the eleven cases on the Court’s docket, concluding at approximately 12:00 noon. This is an open court session and any member of the public may attend and observe as long as they wish, and come and go as desired.
From an educational perspective, the three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court, joined by the other six judges of the Commonwealth Court, will remain at Lehigh when the court session ends (at approximately 12:00 noon) for a special “Lunch and Learn” program for interested students, faculty and Lehigh guests. A box lunch will be provided for attendees, courtesy of Lehigh, and participants will have the opportunity to ask the Commonwealth Court judges questions about the Court, the cases presented in the morning, current issues and topics in the law, preparation for law school, and careers in law. Seating for the Lunch and Learn session is very limited and open to current Lehigh Students and Alumni first and then guests upon request and depending upon availability thereafter. If you would like to attend the “Lunch and Learn” with the Court, please contact me first at firstname.lastname@example.org or my office’s Executive Secretary, Robin Schenkel at (610) 758-3572 to check on availability.
Information about the Commonwealth Court:
While the Commonwealth Court holds its court sessions primarily in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, it has, on occasion, held sessions at selected locations throughout the Commonwealth for the convenience of litigants’ counsel and so that members of the public may attend and observe the Court’s sessions. The Commonwealth Court was established in 1968 and is unique to Pennsylvania. It is one of Pennsylvania’s two statewide intermediate appellate courts. The Commonwealth Court is primarily responsible for matters involving state and local governments and regulatory agencies. It also acts as a trial court when lawsuits are filed by or against the Commonwealth. Appeals are generally heard by panels of three judges, which is how the Court will preside in its session at Lehigh on September 18th.
- Frank A. Roth, General Counsel, Lehigh University