University of Pittsburgh

Arthur Hellman On How Lawyers Prepare for Supreme Court Arguments

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January 24, 2012

Pitt Law Professor Arthur Hellman talks to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the upcoming arguments that former solicitor general Paul D. Clement and current solicitor general Donald B. Verrilli will soon deliver on the constitutionality of the 2010 Affordable Care Act before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Just how much time could be put into preparing for this debate? 


"Would hundreds of hours be an exaggeration? Probably not," said Hellman. "This is possibly the most important constitutional case of our generation; you want to anticipate everything."


Preparing includes the use of murder boards, moot courts comprised of the best attorneys across the U.S. 


"The lawyers recruited for practice arguments are the most eminent and sought-after in the legal profession," Hellman said. "They're very top lawyers who try to do what they think the justices might do, and come up with every possible question -- and the hardest possible question -- they can."


Read the full Post-Gazette article here.  

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