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March 6, 2014

Oregon Supreme Court to hear cases at UO Law

The Oregon Supreme Court will hear two cases during its annual visit to the University of Oregon School of Law on Thursday, March 13, 2014. State v. Hickman and Doyle v. City of Medford will be heard back-to-back beginning at 9 a.m. in room 175 of the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene.

In State v. Hickman, the State of Oregon has been granted review of a Court of Appeals decision, reversing and remanding the murder conviction of defendant Jerrin Lavazie Hickman. The issues on review include admissibility of eyewitness identification, and the question of whether an error of eyewitness identification evidence warrants reversal regardless of whether the error prejudiced the defendant. SupremeCrtSeal

In Doyle v. City of Medford, plaintiff Ronald Doyle filed an action to obtain group health insurance for himself, Robert Deuel, Benedict Miller, and Charles Steinberg. The issue on review is whether Oregon law provides retired public employees a civil remedy for breach of the duty to make group health insurance coverage available to retirees.

Videos of the proceedings will not be available for either of these cases.

After each argument, the Court responds to questions from students. The Lane County Bar Association will have its monthly lunch at the law school following both arguments. Justices, court personnel, faculty, and students will join members of the bar for the lunch.

Note to Media Members and Photographers: The Oregon Supreme Court has specific rules for media conduct in the courtroom. Only one still photographer and one video camera and technician are permitted in the courtroom. Media personnel must wear tasteful business attire. Broadcast media representatives may not move about the room during proceedings. Recording equipment must be positioned before the session opens and must not be moved during proceedings. Equipment cannot produce distracting sound or light. Following is a link to the complete rules for media coverage of Appellate Court Proceedings.

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