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Ken Turchi
IU Maurer School of Law

Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Court of Appeals to hear oral argument today at IU Maurer School of Law

Oct. 5, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Court of Appeals of Indiana will hear oral argument in Key v. Hamilton today (Oct. 5) at noon at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. The oral argument will be held in the law school's Moot Court Room. A panel of judges consisting of Judge John G. Baker, Judge Paul D. Mathias, and Judge Nancy H. Vaidik will hear the case on appeal from Madison Circuit Court.

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The Michael Maurer School of Law.

In this case, Key is appealing the trial court's denial of summary judgment in favor of the defendant. The main question on appeal is whether Key can be held liable for the plaintiff's injuries based solely on his act of signaling to a driver to proceed through an intersection, after which the driver collided with the plaintiff's motorcycle. Arguing for the appellant will be Thomas Vanes, and arguing for the appellee will be Katherine Cooper.

The Court of Appeals hears oral argument at venues across the state to enable Hoosiers to learn about the judicial branch. After the case has been argued, members of the audience may ask questions about the judicial process in Indiana. The court has heard more than 300 oral arguments "on the road" at law schools, colleges, high schools, and county courthouses since its centennial in 2000-2001.

The Court of Appeals of Indiana is the state's second-highest court and reviews appeals from trial court decisions. A decision of the Court of Appeals of Indiana is final unless granted further review by the Indiana Supreme Court.

The 15 judges on the Court of Appeals issue more than 2,300 written opinions each year, sitting in three-judge panels. For more information about the Court of Appeals, please visit For information about the court's traveling oral arguments, as well as additional information on Key v. Hamilton, please visit