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CA Supreme Court Session

We are pleased to announce that the University of San Francisco School of Law will host a historic special session of the California Supreme Court in the McLaren Conference Center (Rooms 250-251) on Tuesday, February 5, 2013


10:15am to 10:30am - Introduction and Welcome Remarks

Special session begins. Welcome remarks by the Chief Justice and USF School of Law Dean Jeffrey S. Brand

10:30am to 11:00am - Q&A with School of Law and High School Students

11:00am to 12:00pm - Morning Calendar

City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient's Health and Wellness Center, Inc., et al. 

Petition for review after the Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment in a civil action.  This case presents issues concerning preemption, under federal or state law, of local ordinances regulating or banning the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries and related activities, and standing to challenge such ordinances.

12:00pm to 1:00pm - Justices' Conference and Lunch Recess (private)

1:00pm to 3:05pm - Afternoon Calendar

People v. Clancey (Wesley Cian)

Petition for review after the Court of Appeal reversed a judgment of conviction of criminal offenses. This case presents the following issue:  Did the trial court’s actions in this matter constitute an unlawful judicial plea bargain rather than a lawful indicated sentence?  

People v. Williams (George Brett) [Automatic Appeal]

An automatic appeal from a judgement of death. 

3:05pm to 4:15pm - Post Argument Reception with USF Faculty and Students


Expanded background summaries of the three cases to be argued

More detailed background information including the parties' appellate briefs

Seating in the courtroom is expected to be limited. Questions may be directed to Jillian Fish at