A joint proclamation signed by both Texarkana, Ark., Mayor Allen Brown and Texarkana, Texas, Mayor Bob Bruggeman identifies a historic visit by supreme courts from both states next week as "Justice on the Line."
The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Arkansas High School. The Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments the morning of Thursday, Jan. 31, at Texas High School. Both of the visiting courts will be available at both schools to answer questions following the arguments.
Oral arguments on cases being heard by the Arkansas Supreme Court are typically held in Little Rock. The court's Appeals on Wheels program, however, is a means to educate students about their state government. Students may ask questions about the oral arguments, the responsibilities of judges and how the courts work.
Oral arguments on cases being heard by the Texas Supreme Court are typically held in Austin. The court has two cases scheduled for arguments Jan. 31.
Members of both courts are scheduled to gather for a group photo the afternoon of Jan. 30 at Photographer's Island in front of Texarkana's downtown federal building.
Also, a Continuing Legal Education course for lawyers will be conducted around the oral arguments at the Texarkana Convention Center in Texarkana, Texas. The event, presented by the Texas Bar Association and Texas Young Lawyers Association, qualifies for credit by meeting Texas and Arkansas CLE requirements. The event is expected to feature members of state and local judiciaries.