Federal Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Arguments at the Law School October 2nd

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hear oral arguments in the Weymouth Kirkland Courtroom of the University of Chicago Law School on Tuesday, October 2nd. 

The Court will hear four cases beginning at 10:00am and will engage in a short Q&A with the audience afterwards. The Federal Circuit regularly hears arguments outside of Washington, D.C. as part of its nationwide jurisdiction and statutory requirement to provide “reasonable opportunities to citizens to appear before the court.” The schedule of cases for the appearances at UChicago Law and other Chicago-area locations is available at the Federal Circuit's website

The schedule for the session is: 

9:00 AM – Courtroom Doors Open
10:00 AM – First Case Begins
10:30 AM – Second Case Begins
11:00 AM – Third Case Begins
11:30 AM – Last Case Begins
12:00 PM – Court Adjourns for Deliberation
12:30 PM – Q&A Session Begins
12:45 PM – Q&A Session Ends

Please note that the times are approximate and may change based on how long each argument takes and how long the judges deliberate. 

These arguments are open to the public. Anyone wishing to attend must register. 

Please note these important logistical issues: 

  • Audience members may not bring bags, food, or drinks into the Courtroom.
  • Audience members must bring a form of ID upon check in.
  • All cell phones must be turned off while in the Courtroom. 
  • Audience members may enter or exit the Courtroom ONLY between cases when counsel is switching out, and should do so quickly and quietly. Security will not permit entrance and exit during the hearing of any case. The doors will only be opened in between cases.
  • Everyone in the Courtroom must adhere to the Federal Circuit's standards of courtroom decorum
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