Huge day for CU as 1,200 students visit campus for TN Supreme Court Oral Arguments


Cumberland University Welcomed the Tennessee State Supreme Court and 1,200 High School students from Middle Tennessee to its Campus

The campus was a buzz this week as Cumberland University played host to the Tennessee Supreme Court and over 1,200 High School students from the mid-state.

The Court was on campus to hear oral arguments for thee cases as part of the Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students program.

High school students from 11 counties took advantage of the opportunity to see the Supreme Court in action. They sat in the courtroom, aka Dallas Floyd Recreation Center, and heard actual cases being argued. For many this was a once in a life time opportunity.

“This was a great honor and learning experience for me and my classmates,” said McKale Carter, a senior from White House High School. “Learning how the Supreme Court functions was extremely interesting. I am grateful to Cumberland University for the invitation and getting to learn more about the school”.

The students were able to take tours of campus, meet with Cumberland students and faculty and learn about academic and career possibilities during their visit at the University.

Many even inquired about using the Tennessee Promise Scholarship at Cumberland University. Cumberland is a partner of the Tennessee Promise program and offers 5 competitive associate degree programs.  Learn more here.

The cases that were heard at Cumberland were:

The first case, State v. Linzey Danielle Smith, involves a DUI conviction and whether the trooper had probable cause to stop the Defendant for failing to maintain a vehicle entirely within a single lane “as nearly as practicable.”

The second case, State v. Corrin Kathleen Reynolds, involves vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment and DUI charges. This is an interlocutory appeal so there has been no conviction at the trial court level.

The third case, Pervis Tyrone Payne v. State, involves the appeal of a death sentence based on the intellectual capacity of the Defendant.

Cumberland University was very grateful to have hosted the Justices and Staff of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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