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News Release

October 29, 2013


Contact: Steve Davis, Court Communications Officer, (515)725-8058 or


Iowa Supreme Court Justices to meet with Burlington Area Students


Des Moines, October 29, 2013 —On Wednesday, November 6, members of the Iowa Supreme Court will visit five Burlington area high schools and the community college to meet with students and discuss the role of the courts. In Burlington, the justices will visit Burlington, West Burlington and Notre Dame high schools and Southeastern Iowa Community College. Justices will also visit Danville and Mediapolis high schools.


High School/Community College visit schedule for Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Justice Daryl Hecht will visit West Burlington High School at 8:30 a.m.

Justice David Wiggins will visit Burlington Notre Dame High School at 8:50 a.m.

Chief Justice Mark Cady will visit Burlington High School at 9:05 a.m.

Justice Thomas Waterman will visit Mediapolis High School at 9:15 a.m.

Justice Brent Appel will visit Danville High School at 9:30 a.m.

Justice Bruce Zager will visit Southeastern Iowa Community College at 10:00 a.m.


In addition to the school visits, the supreme court will hold a special session in Burlington on Tuesday evening November 5. During the special session, the court will hear oral arguments in two cases in the auditorium at Edward Stone Middle School, 3000 Mason Road. The session begins at 7 p.m. As always, oral arguments are open to the public. A public reception with the justices, sponsored by the Des Moines County Bar Association, will follow the oral arguments in the auditorium lobby.


Special Session

Tuesday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m.

Edward Stone Middle School auditorium

3000 Mason Road

Burlington, Iowa


The Iowa Supreme Court will hear lawyers argue in two cases:


Palmer College of Chiropractic v. Davenport Civil Rights Commission and Aaron Cannon

Aaron Cannon, blind since birth, began the Bachelor of Science program at Palmer College in 2004. The college had in place technical standards for admission and graduation providing that students have sufficient use of vision to perform chiropractic and general physical examinations. Palmer College denied Cannon's request for a sighted assistant, and Cannon filed a complaint of discrimination based on disability. On appeal Cannon argues the district court incorrectly concluded that the vision requirement was reasonably necessary for the chiropractic curriculum and that a sighted assistant would fundamentally alter the nature of the chiropractic program.


Joseph DeMocko, et al. vs. Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Code chapter 483A governs the terms and conditions under which individuals may hunt and fish in Iowa. Non-residents pay a higher license fee than residents and are subject to various restrictions. Appellants argue that the district court incorrectly concluded that they are not Iowa residents for the purposes of chapter 483A and that limiting landowner hunting licenses only to Iowa residents, as defined in chapter 483A, is unconstitutional.


For more information about the oral arguments

Attorneys' briefs for the two cases and a "Guide to Oral Arguments" are posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at: .


Note to news media

News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules apply regarding still camera, video camera, and audio recording devices used during the oral arguments. Information on expanded media coverage is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch Website at: .


The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in the courtroom are on the Iowa Legislature website at: (the first page is blank)



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