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Skagit Valley College to host Court of Appeals, Div. I case hearings June 1

Skagit Valley College will host the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I oral argument hearings on June 1.  

SVC was initially approached by SVC alumna, Judge Cecily C. Hazelrigg, who received her Associate in Technical Arts from SVC in Paralegal Studies, to host the appellate court hearings in an effort to foster a better understanding of the justice system and improve legal literacy within the community.  

Hosting the appellate court hearings on the SVC Mount Vernon campus will provide an opportunity for students, faculty, and the general public to observe real-world cases, courtroom procedures, and legal arguments first-hand. 

The hearings begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Tarro Theater on SVC’s Mount Vernon campus. The event is open to the public and will be recorded and livestreamed by TeleVision Washington.  

Chief Judge Lori K. Smith, Acting Chief Judge Cecily C. Hazelrigg and Judge Bill A Bowman will hear arguments in the following cases: 

  • 835386 – State of Washington v. Frank Walton 
  • 835467 – State of Washington v. James Spitzer
  • 842935 – Hartford, LLC, et ano. V. Tandem Services Corp., et ano.
  • 844881 – Michael Conklin v. Boeing Co., et al. 

Each argument will last approximately 20 minutes in length. All case hearings are scheduled to end at 11:30 a.m. Questions about the operations of the Court of Appeals will be welcome at a Q&A session directly after the arguments.  

SVC students will be participating in a student panel.  

About The Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I: 

The Division I Court of Appeals hears appeals of cases from court trials throughout the state. Their main office is located in Seattle, WA where they focus on serving King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan, and Island Counties.  

For more information about the case hearing on June 1 or operations in the Court of Appeals, contact Lea Ennis at 

The SVC Mount Vernon campus is located at 2405 E College Way, Mount Vernon. For a campus map and directions, go to 


Skagit Valley College is making a difference throughout Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties by providing access to higher education for all who seek a better future. Part of what makes our college special is that we are deeply committed to equity in access, achievement, and community. Whether you are training for a new job, beginning your college experience, finishing the degree you started, adding English language skills, or pursuing a high school credential, Skagit Valley College welcomes you. 

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