Washington Supreme Court convenes at Clark College

first_imgo In 1995, the Washington Supreme Court became one of the first courts in the world to allow comprehensive coverage of court proceedings to be televised. Watch the court in action at TVW’s website.Vancouver resident Becky Pomaville enrolled in Clark College to become a paralegal with the goal of eventually earning her law degree, possibly with a specialty in appellate law.The Washington Supreme Court’s visit to Clark College on Tuesday let her see appellate law in action.The nine justices heard three cases Tuesday in Gaiser Hall in front of an audience of nearly 100, which included Pomaville.“I think it’s fabulous,” Pomaville said. “It’s real-life learning instead of reading about it in a book.”About three times a year, the Washington Supreme Court leaves Olympia and visits a different part of the state to help educate the public about how the court works and to build confidence in the judiciary. Tuesday was only the second time the court has visited Clark County. The last time was in 1999, when the nine-member court convened at Fort Vancouver High School.In the morning, the justices heard lawyers argue a case about whether Drug Court staffing meetings should be open to the public and another case about whether the Washington State Bar Association was within its right to suspend an attorney’s license for two years. They didn’t immediately issue decisions on the cases.At the end of the arguments, the justices took questions from the audience.“There are hardly any lawyers in this area who practice appellate law,” Pomaville said, addressing the justices. “What is it that makes it so difficult?”last_img read more