January 30, 2020 11 minutes to read · 2600 words

Appeals on Wheels: Traveling Oral Arguments Boost Public Outreach

By Joseph H. Merrick and Judge Margret G. Robb

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Reprinted with permission from Judges' Journal, Volume 58, Number 4, Fall 2019, at 22-25. ©2019 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

Since 2001, the Court of Appeals of Indiana has held more than 500 oral arguments at venues across Indiana. The court’s program, known as “Appeals on Wheels,” allows Hoosiers to see the court’s judges at work and to learn about the appellate process. In addition, the program has helped the judges to improve relationships with state legislators, and local bar associations are presenting CLEs in conjunction with the oral arguments. This article discusses the history of the program, how it works, and how it could benefit your court. We also describe best practices for a traveling oral arguments program.

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