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Federal appeals court hears cases in Vt.

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Friday is set to be a historic day for the Vermont legal system.

The federal court of appeals-- made up of a three-judge panel-- will be hearing five cases in Rutland. This is the first time in the 123-year history of the U.S. Court of Appeals that the judges have traveled to Vermont. The 2nd Circuit, which is made up of Vermont, New York, and Connecticut, always hears cases in New York City, but does have a courtroom and chambers in Vermont.

"The public has very little opportunity to see us work because we almost always sit in Manhattan. Lawyers would like to see what we do. Law students would like to see what we do," said Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Vermont Law School students will watch the entire proceedings via video conference. All of the cases being heard Friday originated in Vermont.

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