Hello again, dear readers, I’m here to let you know that I will be traveling to Los Angeles on Monday night to attend the first round of oral arguments in the Olivia de Havilland case, to take place on March 20. I will keep you all in the loop as much as I possibly can. I’d like to let you know what to expect from me on that day, so here’s what I know right now, based on frequently asked questions:
1. Will it be a typical court experience?
The arguments are taking place at the University of Southern California, in order to give the law school students an opportunity to watch a court proceeding in real time, on their own campus. The court has assured us that all the arguments will be just as binding and legitimate as they would be in a traditional setting.
2. Is Olivia de Havilland going to be there?
As you might imagine given her extremely advanced age, Olivia de Havilland doesn’t really travel anymore. If the case makes it past this stage, she is going to need to conserve her energy for potential future court dates, if she is needed in the courtroom later. So she will not be there on Tuesday.
3. Do you think she’s going to win?
Legal precedent is on her side. There have been a number of articles recently that try to distill the case down to its bare bones for comprehension’s sake. But in court, there are many issues at stake and lots of nitty gritty legal details that are necessary for fully understanding what is being asked. Some of these issues are things that this court or other courts have already decided. Having read all the briefs in detail, and independent of my own personal attachment to the case, I say that legally they should order the lower ruling to stand, and that Olivia de Havilland be able to continue with her suit. Here is some of my analysis.
4. Will you be able to update us live from inside the room?
I don’t know. I will if I can, but naturally whatever rules the court and USC enact for the courtroom need to be followed to the letter. On the day of the hearing, I’ll post a live Twitter feed on the blog and you can follow along there, with whatever I’m able to do.
5. Is there anything I can do to show my support?
Several people have asked this, and I’ve talked about it with some friends. We’ve come up with a fun idea–Olivia de Havilland is rarely seen without her pearls these days, and they are symbols of grace and dignity just like she is. Regardless of where you are, if you have any pearl jewelry, you can wear it on March 20 to cheer her on. If you don’t have any pearls, you can feel free to wear something dapper or elegant instead. I’d like to create a hashtag for this, but that’s in the works, stay tuned!
Any other questions? Feel free to ask in the comments. See you in court!