Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tips on preparing for oral argument courtesy of SCOTUS Chief Justice Roberts

While looking for some hand-outs on how to prep for oral argument to give to my students, I came across this short article from the New York Law Journal describing how Chief Justice Roberts used to prepare when he was still in practice.  Some have said that before he went on the bench, Roberts "was one of the best, if not the best, advocates in the nation."

In particular, here's a tip 1L's may find really helpful as they prep for their own arguments:

[Roberts] would write his main arguments on index cards, shuffling them frequently to help him answer questions from the Court in whatever order they arose, transitioning smoothly from one argument to the next.

The Washington Post has characterized Robert's approach to oral argument as  “compulsive.”   He spends "countless hours getting ready, including generally running three moot court sessions for each case and on a few occasions actually visiting client factories and property to better understand the facts underlying a dispute."

Read the rest here.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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