Federal court gives students chance to parry with judges

YAHOO! NEWS - THE CUTLINE | on Sun, Mar 19, 1:25 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Arguing a case before a panel of federal appeals-court judges can be daunting even for experienced lawyers. Their clients often have much at stake, and the judges can be relentless, interrupting with questions to point out weaknesses and even occasionally to scold.So Helen Andrews was understandably anxious when, as a third-year Pepperdine University law student, she stepped before three judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year in a case that could change...

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