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Friday, March 22, 2013
Courts - Why you might want to be admitted to practice bfore the SCOTUS
Orin Kerr of The Volokh Conspiracy, in a post headed "For Lawyers, Joining the Supreme Court Bar is a Vanity Trip”," points out the real reason to join the Supreme Court bar, if you are a Supreme Court nerd:
[T]he best reason to join the Supreme Court bar, at least if you live in or can travel to Washington, DC: You can get in to see Supreme Court arguments, and you get incredible seating when you do. The Court seats members of the bar separately from members of the public, and it seats bar members on a first-come, first-serve basis. You have to get there early for high-profile cases, as the line fills up. If all the seats are taken, you have to listen in remotely from the lawyer’s lounge (effectively, an overflow room). But often the bar section never fills up, which is especially likely when the cases that day involve areas of law without a strong connection to DC legal practice. On those days, bar members can walk in to the Supreme Court building just a few minutes before the argument starts and still get a seat. And the seats are the best in town. Bar members are seated in the rows immediately behind the lawyers arguing the case. So they’re very close to the action, with a front-row seat to watch the Justices and the advocates. And you can go as often as you like without a ticket. It’s one of the best deals in Washington, at least for Supreme Court nerds who are lawyers.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 22, 2013 10:18 AM
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