Lawsuits involving an oral agreement between owners of rental property and the jury trial rights of an individual charged with drunk driving will be argued before the Arizona Supreme Court during a special session at the College of Law.
The panel will hear oral arguments in Hal Owens v. M.E. Schepp Limited Partnership and Phoenix City Prosecutor v. the Honorable Gloria Ybarra (real party in interest, Joshua L. Landers) beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, in the Great Hall. It is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public and will be followed by a question-and-answer period.
The session will be attended by several judges from Kyrgyzstan, who are visiting Phoenix through a program sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center, headquartered at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the Vermont-based Russian American Rule of Law Consortium.
The consortium is a group of legal communities working together to develop legal institutions and the rule of law in both the U.S. and Russia. It has been instrumental in developing bar associations and judicial and lawyer education programs, providing effective training in the use of technology and initiating the adoption of alternative dispute resolution methods.
Since 1999, the consortium and Open World have hosted hundreds of delegates from Russia, the Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Molda. This is the first year citizens of Kyrgyzstan and Georgia will participate.
Traveling with interpreters while in Arizona, the judges will attend numerous programs about the American legal system. They will hear lectures about commercial law reform, merit selection of judges, the Commission on Judicial Conduct, the processing of criminal cases, the business of municipal courts, the death penalty and other legal topics.
But their visit will not be all work and no play: they also plan to visit the Desert Botanical Garden, dine at a Mexican restaurant and shop at Kierland Commons, and may attend a spring training game and explore the Fountain Hills Fine Arts & Wine Affaire.