Arguing Before the D. C. Circuit: Current and Historical Perspectives

On August 3, 2005, the D.C. Circuit Historical Society sponsored a program on oral advocacy. Moderated by former Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald, who heard arguments before the Court for 20 years, a panel of distinguished judges and oral advocates discussed how to present an effective oral argument and how oral advocacy before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has changed over time.

D.C. Circuit Judges Raymond A. Randolph and Merrick B. Garland discussed oral argument from an insider perspective and provided their views on effective styles and techniques.

Andrew L. Frey and Maureen E. Mahoney, both previously with the United States Solicitor General’s office and now members of the private bar, offered their advice on effective oral advocacy.

The program offered attorneys – both experienced and inexperienced – unique opportunity to learn about oral argument from both seasoned advocates and the judges they are trying to influence.