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“We are just ordinary people,” Stephens said. “Some of us are the first in our families to go to college.”

Clark College student Barbara Gallegos of Vancouver said she thinks of the justices as comparable to “movie stars.”

“But they’re very personable,” she said. “They’re very nice people.”

The traveling court was created more than 20 years ago, possibly when Supreme Court justices were temporarily displaced from the Temple of Justice during renovations in 1988 and 1989 and had to hear cases at different locations around the state, said Associate Chief Justice Charles Johnson.

“They found it was a positive experience for the citizens to know about the court and the important role it plays in their lives,” Johnson said.


Information from: The Columbian,