Ohio Supreme Court travels to Cleveland for first time in 15 years for off-site court session at CWRU

Case Western Reserve University School of Law students will get a chance to directly experience cases argued before Ohio Supreme Court today, as the justices hold an Off-Site Court session at the law school.

The Supreme Court’s Off-Site Court program enhances students’ understanding of the legal system by providing an opportunity to attend and observe Supreme Court proceedings and to interact with justices and the attorneys making their cases.

On Wednesday, the justices will convene in downtown Cleveland to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse. At that session, the justices and lawyers connect with students from area high schools.

“This is the first time the court has been able to hold off-site sessions back to back during two days in the same Ohio county, “said Julie Manning, off-site court coordinator.

Volunteer attorneys with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association have helped brief students on the cases. Students get to meet with the case attorneys for a debriefing and discussion of the legal issues.

The court’s previous visits to Cleveland were in 1988 and in 1997, when justices visited Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

A preview of each oral argument is available at