Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments at Wake Forest Law on Wednesday, Sept. 20

Photo of stairs at court house.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear oral arguments in three cases beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Wake Forest University School of Law in the North Carolina Business Court on the third floor of the Worrell Professional Center.

The cases to be heard involve employment, criminal and civil commitment issues.

Brief descriptions of the cases follow:

  • 16-1498 Briefs EMPLOYMENT: Whether district court correctly granted summary judgment to employer on hostile work John McKinney, Jr. v. G4S Government environment and retaliation claims involving noose and hood.
  • 16-4813 Briefs CRIMINAL: Whether district court erred in finding factual basis for guilty plea to distribution of child pornography US v. Dean Stitz based on defendant’s use of file-sharing software.
  • 17-6355 Briefs CIVIL COMMITMENT: Whether district court properly denied motion for relief from civil commitment after US v. William Welsh respondent’s criminal conviction was vacated because factual basis for his guilty plea did not constitute a federal crime.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is one of 12 regional appellate courts within the federal judicial system. The court is located in Richmond, Virginia and hears appeals from the nine federal district courts in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and from federal administrative agencies. With 15 authorized judgeships, it is mid-sized among the 13 United States Courts of Appeals.

The court is based at the Lewis F. Powell Jr. United States Courthouse, which was one of only two buildings in the historic core of Richmond to survive the devastating fire in 1865 that marked the evacuation of the Confederate Army during the last days of the Civil War.  The courthouse was dedicated in 1993 as the Lewis F. Powell, Jr., United States Courthouse in honor of the former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.