January 9, 2009
Professor Athena Roussos argued a case before the California Supreme Court on January 8, 2009.
The case was In re Guardianship of Ann S. The court describes the case as follows:
“Petition for review after the Court of Appeal affirmed an order terminating parental rights. This case presents the following issue: Is Probate Code section 1516.5 constitutional if it permits the termination of parental rights without a present finding of parental unfitness?” A similar issue went before the court in In re Charlotte D. later on in the same day.
Roussos, who is a certified appellate law specialist by the State Bar of California, came into the case recently after a friend of hers closed his law practice. She has briefed many cases have come before the court, but this was the first time she handled an oral argument.
Roussos is the co-director of the Appellate & International Advocacy program, the moot court course that all Pacific McGeorge students take in their second year. Professors Michael Vitiello, Mary-Beth Moylan, and Stephanie Thompson subjected Roussos to a moot court of her own in preparation for her high court appearance.