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How are you preparing to argue the case, Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick, before the U.S. Supreme Court?

Deborah Merritt"I am steeping myself in the facts and law of the case. I have reviewed every page in the record and am digesting hundreds of cases. I am also reading more broadly about the parties' business interests and background; I want to understand the full context of the dispute. I am studying excellent briefs written by other lawyers and listening to recorded Supreme Court arguments.

For the oral argument, I will practice, practice, practice — giving moot arguments before students, colleagues, and friends. I'll encourage them to be critical, so I can learn from my mistakes. Together, we’ll try to anticipate every question a Justice could ask.

Preparation builds confidence, but mental imagery helps too. I envision stepping calmly to the podium, looking up at the Court, and confidently stating 'Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the Court...'"

Deborah Jones Merritt
John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law

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