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Local attorneys prepare WDC students for Minnesota Supreme Court visit

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Local attorneys prepared Wadena-Deer Creek High School students today for the upcoming Minnesota Su-preme Court visit on Oct. 9 in Wadena.

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Attorneys Paul Carlson, Dan Carlisle, Sue Ann Lind, Don Niles, Matthew Van Bruggen and Malcolm Whynott visited Robby Grendahl and Brian Maki’s social studies classrooms Tuesday in an effort to help students understand the role of the Minnesota Supreme Court, as well as what to expect when observing an oral argument - especially what is expected of them with respect to courtroom decorum.

The attorneys also outlined the actual case, State of Minnesota vs. Antoine Little, so students understand the case to be argued. And, lastly, students were prepared on how to ask thoughtful and appropriate questions of the seven-member court during the question-and-answer session of their visit.

Wadena-Deer Creek High School students and surrounding schools will fill the Wadena Memorial Auditorium to watch oral arguments and ask questions of the justices. Following the program, the justices will eat lunch with students and visit classrooms. The oral argument program will be broadcast live online.

WDC Social Studies teacher Brian Maki said the significance of this visit by the Minnesota Supreme Court will mark a memorable moment for WDC.

“This is an important and meaningful event for our students and staff,” Maki said. “We are looking forward to observing the Supreme Court in ac-tion.”

According to Minnesota Judicial Branch press release, the visit is part of a biannual program that seeks to teach students about the court system and build the public’s trust and confidence in the Judicial Branch.

Minnesota Supreme Court members include: Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea, appointed chief in 2010; Justice Alan C. Page, elected in 1992; Justice G. Barry Anderson, appointed in 2004; Justice Christopher J. Dietzen, appointed in 2008; Justice David R. Stras, appointed in 2010; Justice Wilhelmina M. Wright, appointed in 2012; and Justice David L. Lillehaug, appointed in 2013.

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