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For Immediate Release

Date: 02/04/14

Rep. Willette Announces High Court Trip to Presque Isle High School

State supreme court to hear arguments in front of students

AUGUSTA - Assistant House Republican Leader Alex Willette of Mapleton is pleased to welcome the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to Presque Isle later this year as Maine's top jurists hear real appeals on the road.

The panel of seven justices will hear arguments at Presque Isle High School the morning of October 28. Students will have the opportunity to attend the arguments and witness Maine's justice system at work.

"This has been an incredible opportunity for some time for students at other schools throughout the state and I'm thrilled that the Court is coming here to Presque Isle," said Rep. Willette, a 2007 graduate of Presque Isle High School and current student at the University of Maine School of Law who helped arrange the visit.

Students will receive handouts that educate them about the history and function of the state's highest court before taking their seats to watch lawyers argue their clients' cases and take questions from the justices.

The Court appreciates the opportunity to hold court at Presque Isle High School," said Mary Ann Lynch, Government and Media Counsel for the Maine Judicial Branch. "It will be the Court's third visit to a high school in the County, and it is a wonderful opportunity to teach students about the Rule of Law and the appellate process. Of course, this is particularly special as Associate Justice Warren Silver is a graduate of Presque Isle High School."

"As a student myself, I know that there are few things more inspiring and educational than firsthand experiences," added Rep. Willette. "I will try my hardest to be there right next to the outstanding students at Presque Isle High for this front row view of our thousand-year-old legal system at work."

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