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U.S. chief justice to visit NCCU law school

Posted April 1, 2009 11:33 a.m. EDT

— U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will preside over a moot court competition at North Carolina Central University School of Law, officials said Wednesday.

The event will mark the first time in the law school’s 70-year history that a U.S. chief justice has visited, officials said. The April 14 event isn't open to the public or media.

"We are honored to have Chief Justice Roberts judge our moot court competition this year," law school Dean Raymond Pierce said in a statement. "This is a rare opportunity for our students to learn from the highest legal official in our nation. It is also an occasion to showcase the exemplary legal training of our students and the outstanding instruction provided by our faculty.”

A three-judge panel will oversee the moot court competition. Roberts will be joined by Judge Allyson Duncan, a former N.C. Central law professor who now sits on the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and retired North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Henry Frye.

Roberts also will conduct a swearing-in ceremony to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar for alumni of the N.C. Central School of Law on April 13.