The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will sit at the UT Law School from November 7th -10th as part of the Advocacy Program's Judges in Residence series. Oral arguments will be heard in the Kraft W. Eidman Courtroom, one of the Law School 's fully functional, state-of-the-art facilities located in the Connally Center for Justice. Normally located in New Orleans, the 5th Circuit has been temporarily relocated to Texas due to Hurricane Katrina.
The UT Law School Advocacy Program's Judges in Residence series was designed as a vehicle for students to witness firsthand the intricate workings of the judicial system. For a few weeks each semester judges from various courts move their regular weekly dockets, special hearings and trials to the Kraft W. Eidman Courtroom. Students and faculty are invited to view the judicial proceedings and often have the opportunity to discuss the day's events with the presiding judge. Over the course of a year, students and faculty may see district, federal, appellate and the Supreme Court of Texas sitting in the Eidman Courtroom.