In March, the law school was proud to host Chief Judge Carl Stewart, Judge Catharina Haynes (H ’16), and newly appointed Judge Don Willett for two full days of oral argument. Students, faculty, and staff, as well as our special guests from J.S. Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet and the mock trial team from Yaveneh Academy of Dallas, watched lively exchanges between the three-judge panel and litigants in Hillcrest Classroom. Judge Willett explained that, “there's enormous civic education upside in taking our show on the road and demystifying the judiciary. Pony Nation rolled out the red and blue carpet for us. The hospitality was exceptional, and every detail perfectly executed. I took my SAT at SMU in the 1980s. This visit was way more fun.”
In honor of the Fifth Circuit’s visit, the law school hosted all Northern District Judges and Eastern District Judges with chambers in Dallas for a reception in SMU’s historic Texana Room, where attendees viewed an original copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence. The Judges dined with the law school’s award-winning Board of Advocates and entertained student questions for a fascinating Q&A lunch.