Appealing to the Public
A Program to Educate Our Community and Our Students about the Court of Appeals Process
For Dallas ISD Students and Members of the Dallas Bar.
Monday, September 24, 2012
A Live Oral Argument
Fifth District Court of Appeals
The Pavilion at the Belo Mansion
2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
For more information or to RSVP, contact Amy Smith.
The Structure of Texas Courts:
A recent poll commissioned by the American Bar Association illustrated that only 55 percent of Americans could name the three branches of government. It appears that the public has little understanding of the separation of powers and the roles of each branch of government.
In 2006, Dallas Bar Association President, Mark Sales, worked with attorneys and judges in an effort to educate the public about the importance of the legal profession in our society. As a public service, Mr. Sales coordinated the Appealing to the Public program, at which the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas, TX took live oral arguments out into the community and schools to demonstrate how the system works firsthand. For every event, the students and participants were given materials to review before and after the case in order to enhance the learning experience. In addition, the DBA coordinated with former appeals court judges and attorneys who provided introductory and follow-up comments to help the participants understand the legal process even more.
Additional Appealing to the Public Programs Recently Held:
Monday, October 18, 2010 – The Belo Mansion - A civil case was heard by the Fifth Court of Appeals at the Belo Mansion with 500 Dallas ISD students and DBA attorneys in attendance. Summary of Court Case & COURT'S DECISION – COMING SOON!
Friday, September 11, 2009 - Texas Court of Criminal Appeals at The Belo Mansion - An appeal to a local criminal case was heard before a panel of 5 judges from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. There were over 500 students, attorneys and public servants in attendance. Summary of the Court Case & COURT'S DECISION.
Thursday, October 30, 2008 ~ A civil case was heard by the Fifth Court of Appeals with over 300 students in attendance from Dallas ISD’s Law Magnet school. Summary of the Court Case & COURT'S DECISION – COMING SOON!
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 ~ A criminal case was heard by the Fifth Court of Appeals at Lake Highlands High School in Richardson with over 500 students in attendance from 4 RISD high schools. Summary of Court Case & COURT'S DECISION
Thursday, June 29, 2006 ~ A criminal case was heard by the Fifth Court of Appeals at the Belo Mansion.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 ~ A family law case was heard by the Fifth Court of Appeals at Skyline High School with nearly 500 students in attendance from at least 5 DISD high schools.
A partnership of the Dallas Bar Association, Court of Appeals and Dallas Independent School District. The program is provided by a grant given by the Dallas Bar Foundation