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Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire
Laura Kiernan
Communications Director
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See photos of previous “On the Road” sessions

Supreme Court's 11th "On the Road" session set for October 21
at Memorial High School in Manchester

           CONCORD – The New Hampshire Supreme Court will hold its 11th "On the Road" special session on October 21nd at Memorial High School in Manchester, providing more than 500 students from 13 schools an up close look at the appellate court and its work.

           The moderator for the Supreme Court special session will be Hillsborough North Superior Court Justice James D. O'Neill III. Seating is reserved for students from participating schools; 20 seats are available to the public on a first-come first-served basis.     

           Since 2002, the members of the Supreme Court have traveled to a different location around the state to provide high school students with a unique opportunity to learn about the justices, their careers and experiences as members of the state Supreme Court. The event includes an informal question and answer sessions both with the lawyers who are appearing before the court during the session and with the justices themselves.

           Prior to the October 21 special session, during which the justices hear oral argument on actual Supreme Court cases, volunteer lawyers visit each of the invited schools to discuss in advance with teachers and students the legal issues and proceedings involved in the cases that will be heard by the court. The same protocols used at the Supreme Court in Concord during oral argument will be followed during the session at Memorial. After each case is heard, the lawyers involved take questions from the student audience about the cases they have just presented.

           In addition to 75 students from Memorial, students from the following schools are participating in the October 21 program: Goffstown High School; Manchester High School West; Mascenic Regional High School; Trinity High School; Holy Family Academy; Londonderry High School; Pinkerton Academy; Derryfield School; High Mowing School; Mont Zion Christian School; Central High School; and Nute High School.

           Volunteer lawyers participating in the program this year include Attorney General Michael A. Delaney; Mark D. Attorri; Jaye L. Rancourt; Gregory V. Sullivan; David W. Ruoff; Mary Ann Dempsey; Mary Tenn; Jonathan M. Shirley; Kevin G. Collimore; Lawrence A. Vogelman; John P. Newman; David A.Vicinanzo and Theodore M. Lothstein.

           The "On the Road" program was launched in May 2002 at St. Anselm College in Manchester.  Since then, sessions have been held at Dover High School, Dartmouth College, Plymouth State University, Keene State College, Nashua North High School and Philips Exeter Academy, Berlin Junior High School, Bow and Souhegan High Schools. These sessions are the only occasion when the Court convenes outside the Supreme Court building in Concord. Approximately 4,500 high school and college students have participated in the program.

           The first case to be heard by the justices on October 21 will be State of New Hampshire v. Jessica Kelley who is appealing her conviction on one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol. In this case, in which no blood alcohol or breath test was taken, the question is whether the police officer's observations and results from field sobriety tests are sufficient to uphold the guilty finding. Summary of Case #1.

           In the second case, State of New Hampshire v. Lee T. Schwartz, the defendant, who was convicted of simple assault, has challenged a judge's decision to order him to pay thousands of dollars for medical bills incurred by the victim in the case. The defendant contends that the government failed to prove there was enough evidence of a "causal connection" between the victim's injuries and the simple assault to support the judge's restitution order. Summary of Case #2.

           To learn more about the Supreme Court's "On the Road" program go to http://www.courts.state.nh.us/student/ontheroad.htm .