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June 3, 2015

Thoughts on Advocacy from Stephen Goudge

In the Summer 2015 edition of the Advocates’ Journal, editor Stephen Grant interviewed former Court of Appeal Justice Stephen Goudge. Justice Goudge had been a leading counsel working with the legendary Ian Scott before his appointment to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 1996. During the interview, Justice Goudge offered helpful thoughts and insights...

January 21, 2014

Differing Opinions On Whether Oral Argument Matters

Last week, I posted an extract from an interview with Chief Justice John Roberts on preparation for oral argument found in the 2010 edition of the Scribes Journal of Legal Writing. The volume contains wide ranging interviews conducted by Bryan Garner with all nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court. In her excellent book, “The...

January 13, 2014

Preparation for Oral Argument in an Appellate Court

Appellate advocates know that careful preparation is the key to a successful oral argument. What happens in the courtroom represents only the tip of the proverbial iceberg of what counsel has done in advance of an appeal. With time limits for oral argument and hot benches, it’s a given that  questions from the Court will...

October 7, 2013

Does Oral Argument Matter

A perennial question asked by appellate advocates is whether oral argument matters. Do their arguments have an impact on the decision-making process, and can they affect the outcome of a proceeding? At the Supreme Court level, Justice Ian Binnie and Chief Justice John Roberts both say that oral argument does matter, and they give the...