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News Release

March 29, 2017

Contact: Steve Davis, Court Communications Director, (515)725-8058 or steve.davis@iowacourts.gov

Iowa Supreme Court Justices to Meet with Charles City Area Students

Des Moines, March 29, 2017—On Tuesday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 5, justices of the Iowa Supreme Court will meet with students from seven Charles City area schools to discuss the Iowa judicial system and the role of the courts in Iowa. The justices will visit with students in Tripoli, Hampton, Charles City, Fairbank, Iowa Falls, Dike, and Parkersburg.

High School Visit Schedule

Tuesday, April 4

12:30 pm: Justice Zager will visit Tripoli Middle/Senior High School in Tripoli

Wednesday, April 5

8:15 am: Justice Hecht will visit Hampton-Dumont High School in Hampton

9:10 am: Justice Appel will visit Charles City High School

9:15 am: Justice Waterman will visit Wapsie Valley High School in Fairbank

9:15 am: Justice Wiggins will visit Iowa Falls-Alden High School in Iowa Falls

9:30 am: Justice Mansfield will visit Dike-New Hartford High School in Dike

10:00 am: Chief Justice Cady will visit Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg

In addition to the school visits, the supreme court will hold a special session in Charles City on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the North Grand Building (the old Charles City Middle School), 500 North Grand Avenue. During the special session, the court will hear oral arguments in one case. The oral arguments are open to the public. A public reception with the justices in the North Grand Building cafeteria will follow the oral arguments. The Floyd County Bar Association is sponsoring the reception.

Special Session

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

North Grand Building auditorium

500 North Grand Avenue

Charles City, Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear attorneys argue in one case:

Spencer J. Ludman vs. Davenport Assumption High School, case no. 15-1191, from Scott County District Court

Case Summary: Defendant in premises liability action appeals from the judgment entered on a jury verdict finding defendant's negligence was responsible for injuries plaintiff baseball player sustained when struck by a foul ball while standing in an unprotected part of the visitor's dugout at defendant's baseball field. Plaintiff argues the appeal presents important issues regarding the safety of the facilities at which student athletes participate. Defendant argues sponsors of sporting events face an avalanche of litigation if the limited-duty rule is discarded in this context.

Public Reception

A public reception with the supreme court justices will follow the oral arguments in the North Grand Building auditorium. The Floyd County Bar Association is sponsoring the reception.

Attorneys' briefs for the case, amicus briefs from the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Association of Justice, and a guide to oral arguments are posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at: http://www.iowacourts.gov/About_the_Courts/Supreme_Court/Offsite_Oral_Arguments_Charles_City/

Note to Editors: News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules apply regarding still camera, video camera, audio recording devices, and other electronic devices used during the oral arguments. Information on expanded media coverage is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at http://www.iowacourts.gov/For_the_Media/Expanded_News_Media_Coverage/

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms are on the Iowa Legislature website at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/CR/LINC/04-30-2014.chapter.25.pdf

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