Hearing for civil suit against TPS held at TU

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Updated: 4/05/2013 10:16 pm Published: 4/05/2013 4:05 pm

For the first time, a Tulsa County District Court Judge held a civil hearing at the University of Tulsa.

The Bench and Bar Association pushed for the hearing as a way to reach out to law students. “Hopefully the students will find a good example of good lawyering, interesting issues, and supplement their law school experiences with that,” said Judge Daman Cantrell.

Students say watching a hearing helps them understand what’s going on during cases and how the outcome impacts someone’s life, “you can see how stuff is actually put into practice, and the ramifications of doing something correctly, or incorrectly,” said TU Law Student Chris Orcutt. 

"It is important to have book learning and teaching in class, but you can't replace that with actually being in the courtroom and seeing what lawyers do everyday.  I hope this will make doing that more accessible for students," said Judge Cantrell.

 "It is a lot easier to be invested in what is going on in a case," said Orcutt. 

The hearing on Friday was a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against eight people and the Tulsa Public Schools Athletic Department.

Former Booker T. Washington basketball coach, Nate Harris, filed the civil suit, alleging libel and slander. Harris claims eight people created a fictitious person and sent degrading emails about him to the school board.

Judge Cantrell could issue a ruling as early as next week. The Bench and Bar Association is discussing bringing another case to TU later this month.

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