Friday, July 10, 2009

The worst and the shortest oral argument?

A few days ago in my summer legal writing class as we were practicing oral arguments, a student asked whether she had to use all of her allotted time.  The answer is "no" and to illustrate the point, I showed the class this YouTube video/sound-file in which a lawyer before the Seventh Circuit delivers possibly one of the worst oral arguments ever while the government's lawyer makes one of the shortest.

This video has made the rounds several times on the legal writing prof listserv but since my summer students had never heard of it before, I'm posting it here on the assumption that it may be unknown to many others too.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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