The University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law Arizona Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Mon Mar 19 2018 09:02:41 UA Law | Supreme Court Oral Arguments | 2008 - Updated - 14.11.08

Arizona Supreme Court Oral Arguments - Fall 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
The University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law
Ares Auditorium (Room 164)
1201 E. Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, Arizona

State of Arizona v. Raphael Durnan, CV-08-0174-PR  When the State prosecuted Durnan on felony charges, it complied with the constitutional duty that it owes to indigent criminal defendants by appointing, at its own expense, a private attorney to defend him. Durnan was convicted, but the conviction was overturned for ineffective assistance of counsel. Can the State be held liable for Durnan’s attorney’s negligence in these circumstances?
pdf Case Summary | pdf Briefs

Video Watch State of Arizona v. Raphael Durnan

City of Phoenix, City of Phoenix Employees’ Retirement System Board v. Mary Ann Perez et al, CV-08-0159-PR1. Are potential class claimants required to do the impossible by setting forth in their pre-suit notice of claim a specific amount for which the case can be settled, when, at the time notice was required to be given, the class has not been established, the class members have not been identified, the damages are impossible to quantify, and no court has certified the class or approved a settlement?

2. Does the court of appeal’s decision thwart class action relief against public entities, an outcome this Court clearly found unacceptable in Andrew S. Arena v. Superior Court, 163 Ariz. 423, 788 P.2d 1174 (1990)?

pdf Case Summary | pdf Briefs

Video Watch City of Phoenix, City of Phoenix Employees’ Retirement System Board v. Mary Ann Perez


Oral arguments involve often-complex legal issues that have been appealed to the Supreme Court.  Attorneys representing clients in the cases are allowed limited time to argue on behalf of those clients.  Oral argument is the only opportunity the justices have to question the lawyers about the issues on appeal.

At the end of the final argument, Arizona Supreme Court Justices will be available to answer general questions from audience members.  While judges are prohibited from answering questions about pending cases, they can discuss Court operations and decision-making processes.

Priority seating is available for law students, attorneys appearing before the Court, and those who have confirmed reservations. Others are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis for available seating in the Ares Auditorium. A live videostream of the oral arguments will be available if the Ares Auditorium reaches capacity.

Please contact Donna Ream at 520-626-1629 or via email at for reservations.

Students, as well as members of the general public, are encouraged to attend. The Court will hear appellate arguments in the following two cases:

Those planning to attend must comply with the security protocol and conduct guidelines of the Court:
Please arrive early.
University ID or driver’s license required.
You must go through security each time you enter.
No laptops or backpacks will be allowed.
Courtroom attire is required - items such as ball caps and sunglasses are not permitted.
Cell phones and pagers must be turned off.
Flash photography is not allowed.
The use of cameras and other recording equipment is restricted.  For additional information on policies covering taping and photography, please visit the Supreme Court website at

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