Courts in the Classroom
Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History
The Supreme Court will travel to Emens Auditorium on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana to hear oral arguments in the case of Tresa Megenity v. David Dunn on Thursday, October 27 at 10:30am.
If you are interested in bringing a small group of students to Muncie on October 27, please contact Sarah Kidwell.
Public Supreme Court proceedings are called "oral arguments," which provide the Justices with the opportunity to ask attorneys questions about the cases. Usually, oral arguments last 40 minutes to an hour. An honorary bailiff will call the court to order. Each side has 20 minutes to argue. Typically the appealing party will open the argument, the other side then responds, and then the appealing party has the last word. More information including rules for attending Supreme Court oral arguments can be found online.
The traveling oral arguments program addresses state academic standards in U.S. Government and United States History. The argument process demonstrates the principles of due process, judicial review, and an independent judiciary.
In a karate class, David Dunn executed a kick which allegedly injured Tresa Megenity. Megenity sued Dunn, claiming he was negligent. The Floyd Superior Court found Dunn did not breach any duty he owed Megenity, and granted him summary judgment, citing Pfenning v. Lineman, 947 N.E.2d 392 (Ind. 2011). A divided Court of Appeals reversed, holding a trier of fact must determine whether Dunn breached a duty to Megenity. Megenity v. Dunn, 55 N.E.3d 367 (Ind. Ct. App. 2016). The Supreme Court has granted a petition to transfer the case and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.