September 01, 2015

Ten Tips for Persuasive Oral Argument

Andrew S. Pollis

When Andy Warhol observed, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” he probably didn’t have appellate arguments in mind. But in the insular world of appellate litigation—where we spend so much time holed up by ourselves researching and writing—a 15-minute oral argument is sometimes our best opportunity to get out and show our stuff. And when you finally get a chance to take to the stage for your big moment, you want to perform at your best. To that end, I offer ten tips designed to elicit rave reviews from your colleagues, your clients, and—most importantly—the judges.

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