Commonwealth Court to Hold Special Session at Temple University

Special Session

News Article

October 11, 2017

A three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session to hear arguments on appeal at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Temple University Fox School of Business in Philadelphia.

Co-hosted by the Fox School’s Legal Studies in Business department and Temple Beasley School of Law, the special session is part of the Fox School’s upcoming 100th anniversary celebration. The session offers an opportunity for Temple students and the public to learn about the service of the judiciary to all Pennsylvanians.

Serving as part of the special session panel are Commonwealth Court Judges Renee Cohn Jubelirer, Robert Simpson and James Colins.

Following the argument session, Gregory N. Mandel, Dean and Peter J. Liacouras, Professor of Law at the Beasley School of Law will moderate a lunch-and-learn program for students and faculty with Judges Cohn Jubelirer, Simpson and Colins.

Commonwealth Court has nine regular argument sessions per year in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Special sessions are occasionally held outside the regular venues to bring the workings of the court to more Pennsylvanians.

Commonwealth Court is one of Pennsylvania’s two statewide intermediate appellate courts. Established in 1968, the court is unlike any other state court in the nation. Its jurisdiction generally is limited to legal matters involving state and local government and regulatory agencies.

Litigation typically focuses on such subjects as banking, insurance and utility regulation and laws affecting taxation, land use, elections, labor practices and workers compensation. Commonwealth Court also acts as a court of original jurisdiction, or a trial court, when lawsuits are filed by or against the commonwealth.

More on the Commonwealth Court and its judges is available at

Media contact: Stacey Witalec (717) 877-2997


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