This seminar will focus on ten cases pending before the United States Supreme Court in the current Term. Exact assignments will vary from student to student, but each student will do at least: one oral argument, one second-chair to an oral advocate, two stints as a Justice hearing argument (and writing an opinion), and two stints as a law clerk assigned to a specific Justice (responsible for a bench memo and advice after argument). The first part of most class hours will consist of oral argument on a particular case, based on the actual briefs and opinions below; the second hour will include comment and discussion of the argument, and the case. We will meet on several Friday mornings for "issuance of the opinions" by the Justices and discussion of the results. We will focus on litigation strategy and persuasive writing, but also on the substance of the cases under review.
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