Tennessee Supreme Court arrives at ETSU

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JOHNSON CITY — Area high school students have an exciting opportunity early next month.

The Tennessee Supreme Court will be in Johnson City on Tuesday, December 6 for its SCALES program, short for Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students. The event takes place at the Martin Center for the Arts at East Tennessee State University.

“ETSU is proud to host the Tennessee Supreme Court for what will be a wonderful and exciting day for many high school students,” said Mark A. Fulks, college attorney and chief compliance officer at ETSU, who is participating volunteer at the event.

Project SCALES is an initiative of the Tennessee Supreme Court to educate high school students about the judicial branch of state government. The program provides students with the opportunity to hear oral arguments for an actual Supreme Court case in a nearby community.

The program began in 1995. Since then, Project SCALES has served more than 30,000 Tennessee students from more than 500 high schools.

Several high schools have signed up to participate, including University School on the ETSU campus.

“Our nationally recognized SCALES program is a favorite of all judges,” said Chief Judge Roger A. Page. “We are very grateful to the local judges and attorneys who visit the students prior to the event to ensure they have a solid understanding of the court system and the cases they will be hearing. The Supreme Court looks forward to interacting with students from East Tennessee and hope it will be a memorable experience for them.

The SCALES program was the 2016 recipient of the Sandra Day O’Connor National Award for Advancing Civic Education.

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