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Oral Arguments Before the Supreme CourtAn Empirical Approach$
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Lawrence Wrightsman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368628.001.0001

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The Behavior of Advocates before the Supreme Court

The Behavior of Advocates before the Supreme Court

(p.43) 3 The Behavior of Advocates before the Supreme Court
Oral Arguments Before the Supreme Court

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Oxford University Press

Despite opportunities for practice and feedback before making an appearance before the Court, some advocates make errors—everything from strategic errors to mistaking one justice for another. This chapter classifies the types of errors and suggests proper procedures for preparation, capitalizing on the self-reports of successful advocates. It examines the effect of the backgrounds of different types of advocates on their rate of success before the Court.

Keywords:   pitfalls, elite advocates, Recusal by justices, Supreme Court bar, Solicitor General, strategic errors, self-reports

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