Students given opportunity to witness court cases on campus

October 22, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Samantha Watson

Students will attend real court cases right here on campus Wednesday, Oct. 24, when the Sixth District Court of Appeals will hold arguments in the McQuade Courtroom.

UT students, as well as students from area high schools, are invited to sit in on these court cases, which will begin at 9 a.m. in the courtroom, which is housed in Health and Human Services Building Room 1419. There will be six arguments from 9 to 11 a.m.; after the cases, students will be given the opportunity to ask the judges questions.

“While the court holds session in a few select venues within its jurisdiction, we are very grateful that the judges are holding arguments here on campus,” said John Schlageter III, associate professor of undergraduate legal specialties and facilitator of the event. “The question-and-answer session between the judges and the students is a valuable experience. Every year we have done this, I have been impressed by the students’ insights and questions pertaining to the arguments made.”

This will be the third year this event has been held in the McQuade Courtroom. UT has the only Paralegal Studies Program in the country with its own teaching courtroom, made possible through a gift from Judge Richard McQuade, a 1965 UT alumnus, and his wife, Jane McQuade.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals handles appeals from cases arising in Courts of Common Pleas from Erie, Fulton, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams and Wood counties. The panel of judges this year includes Judge Peter M. Handwork, Judge Arlene Singer and Judge Thomas J. Osowik, all of the Sixth District Court of Appeals.

Handwork taught at UT for 26 years in the Department of Undergraduate Legal Specialties and coached UT’s mock trial team for 19 years. With his assistance, the program brought recognition to the University, and other faculty members continue to mirror his efforts and enthusiasm for the legal profession.

For more information, contact Schlageter at 419.530.7748 or

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