Fall 2010 Prof.


BUL 3310-03 Collateral Assignment – Court Visit (50 points)

This assignment is designed to expose you to some "real life" action in the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida District Court of Appeal (see map on reverse, showing court locations). Below is a schedule of cases (oral arguments) for both courts. Summaries of the cases to be heard in the Florida Supreme Court will soon be available at: http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/pub_info/summaries/index.shtml . Links to briefs and other documents filed in those cases are also available at that site. There are no summaries available for the cases heard by the Court of Appeal. However, information on the names of cases, judges, and attorneys—as well as schedules for the Court of Appeal—may be found at http://calendar.1dca.org/ DIRECTIONS: Select one or two court sessions, attend the oral argument proceedings for oneto-two hours, and type (and staple) a 3-4 page (double-spaced) report, in which you describe two of the cases you observed (you may observe two cases at one court or one case at each court). Your report should be organized into seven numbered sections for each case, with the following info being provided for each of those two cases: (1) Style (name) of case (2) Date of court session (3) Court visited (4) Issue(s) in the cases (5) A description of the proceedings you witnessed (i.e., what happened in court) (6) Your impressions of the attorneys and judges (i.e., your opinions) (7) Additional comments or observations you wish to make SCHEDULE Florida Supreme Court, 500 S. Duval Street (directly west of the Capitol) Wednesday, October 6 9:00 am – 11:15 am [3 cases] Thursday, October 7 9:00 am – noon [4 cases] Florida District Court of Appeal, Tuesday, October 12 Tuesday, October 19 Wednesday, October 20 Wednesday, October 27 301 South M.L. King Blvd. (directly east of FSU Law School) 9:00 – 10:00 am [2 cases]; 2:00 – 3:15 pm [2 cases] 9:00 – 11:15 am [4 cases]; 2:00 – 3:00 pm [2 cases] 2:00 – 3:00 pm [2 cases] 9:00 – 9:45 am [1 case]; 2:00 – 2:30 pm [1 case]

NOTE: If additional cases are scheduled by the courts, you will be notified via e-mail of the dates/times/location of the cases. **Please check the courts’ websites prior to visiting to ensure that the session you are going to observe has not been canceled or changed!** All sessions are open to the public (unless otherwise indicated at the courtroom) and you are free to enter and leave at your convenience, unless court personnel otherwise direct. Needless to say, spectators are expected to conduct themselves with decorum (i.e., keep quiet) and are expected to dress appropriately (i.e., no shorts, tank tops, flip flops, or sandals). NOTE: Do not take cell phones, laptops, or tape recorders into the courtroom. ***DUE DATE*** This assignment is due on or before Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 3:35 p.m. ________________________ The grade on any Collateral Assignment submitted late will be lowered 5 points for each day or part thereof that it is late (regardless of transportation troubles, printer/computer problems, etc.). Messiness, poor grammar, misspellings, typos, failure to staple, or failure to follow directions will

lower your grade. Collaboration is prohibited. Papers that are not typed will not be accepted (electronic submissions will not be accepted).

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