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U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals at Utah State University

Tuesday, Oct. 22
Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall
First Session: 8:45 AM
Second Session: 10:30 AM
Open Q&A immediately following the second session.
Please arrive 20 minutes before each session.

The federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals travels to Logan for the first time to conduct regularly scheduled hearings. The Judges will hear oral arguments for four separate appeals, allowing students and the public the rare opportunity to see the nation's second highest court in action.

The event is Tuesday, Oct. 22, beginning at about 8:45 a.m. in the Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall. (See full agenda below.) The event is free and open to all students and local residents. Admission tickets will be required.

Tickets for the event are sold out, but a stand by line will be available at the performance hall for both sessions. For current USU students, tickets may be available as part of a research study. Contact Damon Cann for more information at

A live stream of the event will take place at the Eccles Conference Center Auditorium. Seats will be given on a first come first serve basis.

Security measures required of all those attending:

ID must be provided (e.g. student ID or driver's license).

All must go through magnetic imaging. Please wear as little metal as possible.

No weapons of any kind.

No packages, purses, backpacks, etc. (There will be a coat check available.)

No electronics (cell phones, laptops, cameras, iPods) of any kind. Please leave them at home, in your car, or at the coat check.

No photography.

Please dress professionally (no hats).

What is the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals?

The Circuit Court of Appeals is the second-highest court in the United States, falling only under the U.S. Supreme Court in authority. The United States contains12 circuit courts across the country, most covering multiple states.

The 10th Circuit Court hears appeals from the Utah Supreme Court and the state's Supreme and District Courts across the states of Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Kansas.Circuit  Court seal

As an appellate court, circuit courts do not handle jury trials, but does hear counsel during a hearing such as that planned at USU on Oct. 22. Each circuit court has multiple judges representing the states in the circuit. Only three, however, preside over each hearing.  The judges who will be presiding over the hearings are: Scott M. Matheson (Utah), Carolyn B. McHugh (Utah), and Timothy M. Tymkovich (Chief Judge, Colorado).

The term 'circuit' comes from the era of the 13 British Colonies when a single judge traveled 'the circuit' to hold trials in each county.

Map of U.S. with all 13 circuit courts indicated

  Map of the geographic boundaries of the 13 United States Courts of Appeal.
  (Creative Commons image) 

For more information or questions, contact Natalie Smoot or Grace Barr

AGENDA for Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019

10th Circuit  Court of Appeals Argument Day
Utah State University
Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

8-8:40 a.m. Security checks and seating

8:45 a.m. Welcome remarks by Dean Joseph of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

8:50 a.m.

Remarks by court clerks

9 a.m. Case hearings (two cases at about 30 minutes each)

  • 9-9000 Hamilton, Appellate, v. Appellants v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue
  • 18-1449 CO United States v. Rodriguez, Appellant.

10-10:30 a.m. Break (clear spectators who need to leave after first session; those attending second session must go through security)

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Case hearings (two cases at about 30 minutes each)

  • 19-4017 UT Payan, Appellate v. United Parcel Service, et al.
  • 194052 UT Scott, Appellate v. Wingate Wilderness Therapy

11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Court concludes and counsel is excused

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Open Q&A session with the Judges

Overview of the cases to be heard by the Judges (download associated PDFs)

9-9000 Hamilton, et al., Appellants v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

Court documents

18-1449 CO United States v. Rodriguez, Appellant
Court documents

19-4017 UT Payan, Appellate v. United Parcel Service, et al.
Court documents

194052 UT Scott, Appellate v. Wingate Wilderness Therapy
Court documents