Nevada Judiciary

01/24/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 15:16

Court of Appeals to Hold Oral Arguments at UNLV

1/24/2020 11:19:58 AM

The Nevada Court of Appeals will hold oral arguments at the Thomas & Mack Moot Courtroom at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law on January 28, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

These 'on the road' arguments further the court's commitment to give students and citizens who do not have easy access to the official appellate courtrooms the opportunity to see the court in action. This will be the fourth time the Court of Appeals has held oral arguments at the law school and the first since Judge Bonnie Bulla joined the court last March. The court has also held on the road oral arguments in Las Vegas at Canyon Springs High School, Advanced Technologies Academy (A-TECH), Liberty High School, Faith Lutheran High School and Hyde Park Middle School.

Two cases from Clark County will be heard. Students, faculty and the public are invited to attend. Chief Judge Michael Gibbons, and Judges Jerry Tao and Bonnie Bulla will answer questions from the audience after the arguments are concluded.

The court will hear the cases of City of Henderson v. Spangler and Hanson v. State. In City of Henderson v. Spangler, a police officer was denied workers' compensation benefits for hearing loss he claims happened due to exposure to loud noises on the job over a long period of time. The City argues, among other things, that Spangler should not receive workers' compensation because his injury does not meet the legal definition of 'accident.' In Hanson v. State, Brandon Hanson appeals his first degree murder conviction, arguing that there was not enough evidence to prove the deliberation and premeditation necessary to convict him of first degree murder for the stabbing death of his former girlfriend.

For more information about these cases click here.

'The appellate process is different than the trials many of these students and the public are familiar with,' Chief Judge Gibbons said. 'We will give everyone the chance to experience real appellate arguments.'