The Texas Tech Law School will host a pair of Texas Supreme Court cases this October.

The appearance will mark the third time in school history and the first time in six years that the court has visited Tech.

One Justice that will hear arguments is Justice Phil Johnson. Johnson is a 1975 graduate of the Texas Tech School of Law and was appointed to the court in 2005 by Governor Rick Perry.

Chancellor Robert Duncan remarked that first-hand experience with Texas’ highest court was one of his passions when he served with the Texas Legislature and he was thrilled to see Tech students receive and opportunity.

At Texas Tech, we prepare some of the nation’s best law students, which is proven by the countless national advocacy championships and high bar passage rates. My hope is that by being in a courtroom with the justices, as well as seeing the success of one of our own, Justice Phil Johnson, our students will enter their careers with a wealth of valuable experience.”

The first case before the court is Nabors Well Services Ltd. and Lauro Bernal Garcia v. Asuncion Remero, et al. The case will deal with a motor vehicle accident and if information regarding the usage of a seatbelt should be admissible to mitigate damages. That case comes from Pecos County and the El Paso Court of Appeals.

The second case is University of Texas at Arlington v. Sandra Williams and Steve Williams and comes from Tarrant County and the Fort Worth Court of Appeals. The case will discuss the issue of whether or not a recreational-use statue limits the liability of a university following a fall at a stadium.

Dean of the School of Law Darby Dickerson said the school was honored to receive the court.

This opportunity will allow our law students and other members of the community to observe oral arguments and to interact with the justices. It’s part of our philosophy to expose students to the actual work of courts. It's also important that our legal system be transparent, and I applaud the court for making its proceedings accessible to us here in West Texas.”

Oral arguments will be heard beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, October 9, at the Hunt Courtroom in the Lanier wing of the School of Law. The school of Law is located at the northeast corner of 19th Street and Avenue U.