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Richard Lazarus, Guest-Blogging About Supreme Court Advocacy:

Last week, my coblogger Jonathan Adler mentioned to me Georgetown lawprof Richard Lazarus's new article, Advocacy Matters Before and Within the Supreme Court: Transforming the Court By Transforming the Bar, and suggested that it would be good to have Prof. Lazarus guest-blog about it.

I checked out the piece, and quickly agreed. This is a very interesting article, and one that I think many of our readers will enjoy hearing about: It's about the Supreme Court, about legal advocacy at the highest levels, and also about a question that I've often seen raised in the comments -- whether quality of lawyering affects outcomes much, especially at the Supreme Court level.

I'm delighted to say that Prof. Lazarus has indeed agreed to guest-blog about this piece this week. I'm also delighted that the law firm with which I'm affiliated on a part-part-part-time basis, Mayer Brown LLP, and three of its top lawyers -- Andrew Frey, Andrew Pincus, and Stephen Shapiro -- were all mentioned in the article.

Sean M:
The Volokh Conspiracy guest blogging gig is the new "must do" for legal scholars plugging a new article!

It's like movie stars hosting "Saturday Night Live" when a new movie comes out. Only geekier.
10.29.2007 12:27pm
advisory opinion:
I thought Pincus was terrible in Hein v. FFRF. Clement was, as usual, outstanding.
10.29.2007 12:46pm
Dave N (mail):
Clement was, as usual, outstanding.
I have said more than once, including here, Paul Clement is the best oral advocate I have ever seen anywhere. Period.
10.29.2007 2:29pm
trenchant:
Here's looking forward to Prof. Lazarus' upcoming tell-all book, in which he reveals to the world all the confidences entrusted to him by the Volokh conspirators.
10.29.2007 2:33pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
Just in case people get trenchant's allusion, but don't realize it's a joke, let me make clear: Richard Lazarus the Georgetown professor is not the same as Eddie Lazarus the publisher of confidences entrusted to him by the Justices.
10.29.2007 2:45pm
David M. Nieporent (www):
I thought Pincus was terrible in Hein v. FFRF.
I thought he did a poor job, but I don't think he had much to work with. He was trying to draw lines about bagels, and the majority wasn't particularly sympathetic.
10.29.2007 4:09pm