1/20/2006

Washington State Supreme Court Visit Itinerary

Thursday, January 26, 2006
UW School of Law (Room 133 William H. Gates Hall)

Case briefs are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader to be viewed.

8:45 – 9:00 am Welcoming remarks (Associate Dean Gregory Hicks)
9:00 – 10:00 am

Case #1
*Criminal Law—Search & Seizure—Seizure of Evidence—Expectation of Privacy
“Whether police illegally obtained DNA evidence from the flap of an envelope which was mailed by the defendant in reply to a letter purporting to be from a lawyer but actually sent by police.”
No. 75312-1, State (respondent) v. Athan (appellant). (1/26/06)

Case Briefs:

10:00 – 10:10 am     Recess
10:10 – 10:50 am

Case #2
*Land Use—Growth Management Act—Implementing Ordinances—Referendum Power
“Whether county ordinances which were enacted pursuant to the Growth Management Act, and which amended county code provisions related to surface water management, clearing and grading, and zoning, are subject to referendum.”
No. 76581-2, 1000 Friends of Wash. (respondent) v. McFarland (appellant). (1/26/06)

Case Briefs:

10:50 – 11:20 am Question & Answer Session
11:20 – 12:10 pm Recess to Conferencing
1:30 – 2:10 pm

Case #3
*Criminal Law—Search & Seizure—Expectation of Privacy—Motel Guest Registry
“Whether police violated article I, section 7 of the Washington Constitution by randomly taking names from the guest registry of a motel and running warrant checks on those names.”
No. 76800-5, State (respondent) v. Jorden (petitioner). (1/26/06)
126 Wn. App. 70 (2005)

Case Briefs:

2:10 – 3:30 pm Question & Answer Session
3:30 – 5:00 pm Deliberations
3:45 – 4:45 pm Clerkship Panel

The oral argument portions of the day are open to the public, including the Q&A time.

Courtroom Decorum

  • Everyone in the courtroom, unless physically challenged, must rise when the judges enter and remain standing until the presiding judge invites everyone to be seated. Similarly, when court adjourns, everyone stands in place until the judges are no longer visible.
  • Court security officers and court staff are authorized to open and inspect any item carried into a courtroom.
  • Attire for counsel and spectators should be appropriate to the dignity of the Washington Supreme Court.
  • Standing in the courtroom may be permitted only at the discretion of the clerk. Doorways and passageways should be kept clear at all times.
  • When court is in session, no one should be heard except for counsel making argument or a judge. Please turn off cell phones and audible pagers. Though cameras and video recorders are generally allowed, the Washington Supreme Court asks that no flash, other lights, or noisy film advance mechanisms be used during the hearings.

Justices of the Supreme Court

WA State Supreme Court Justices

Photo by Mel Curtis. Judges (l to r): Justice Mary E. Fairhurst, Justice Tom Chambers ('69), Justice Susan Owens, Chief Justice Gerry Alexander ('64), Justice Bobbe Bridge ('76), Justice Barbara Madsen, Associate Chief Justice Charles Johnson, Justice Richard Sanders ('69), Justice James Johnson ('70)

Chief Justice Gerry Alexander UW School of Law (’64)
Justice Charles W. Johnson  
Justice Barbara A. Madsen University of Washington (’74)
Justice Richard B. Sanders UW School of Law (’69)
Justice Bobbe J. Bridge UW School of Law (’76)
Justice Tom Chambers UW School of Law (’69)
Justice Susan Owens  
Justice Mary E. Fairhurst  
Justice James M. Johnson UW School of Law (’70)