University of Wisconsin-Superior students will have a rare opportunity Wednesday, Oct. 31, to see one of their own instructors argue before the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Nate LaCoursiere, senior lecturer in Legal Studies, will be arguing for the city of Duluth against the city of Proctor's annexation of 92 acres of land. This is considered to be a uncommon opportunity because the Minnesota Supreme Court gets many requests to hear arguments, but only a select few are chosen.
They often choose not to hear many arguments. By the time a case reaches the Minnesota Supreme Court, most of the legal work behind the argument is done. The next step is to wait to argue before the court and wait for the court's decision.
The Pre-Law Society is throwing an event to mark the occasion. There will be a livestream of the argument and a breakfast Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 8:30 a.m. in Room 1056 of Swenson Hall.
"It's very exciting to have a faculty member in our department participating in a state Supreme Court oral argument," Pre-Law Society President Bella Gigliotti said. "Like any Supreme Court, not all cases are selected to be heard. Everyone in the department is very proud."
She added: "This is a great opportunity for students, as it is very rare to be able to witness one of your own instructors in action."
It will also be an opportunity for students to see how the Minnesota Supreme Court works. This may be a goal for students to work toward as many in the Pre-Law Society plan to be attorneys in the future.
LaCoursiere said he was excited he could represent the city of Duluth and to argue its case in front of the Supreme Court. When asked about the event, he said: "It's a phenomenal learning experience for everyone."
He also received tremendous support from students and faculty alike as he approaches the occasion. Many students seem to be very excited to see one of their own professors achieve this monumental step. They are also interested to see how he will fare in front of the strong criticism from the justices.
The public is welcome to the Pre-Law Society's event. Arguments will be livestreamed. The free breakfast will start at 8:30 a.m. and the arguments will begin at 9 am. They will last about an hour.