Lechner is vice president and chief legal officer of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, which represented the property owner in the case. Lechner has been involved in numerous cases in lower courts, and his name has appeared on more than two dozen Supreme Court briefs.
The purpose of an advocate's oral argument, Rehnquist explained, is to "work his way into the judge's consciousness and make the judge think about the things that the advocate wishes him to think about." Establishing eye contact is a good way to begin that process, Rehnquist said, and "this simply can't be done while you are reading your presentation."
Counsel for the petitioner need not recite the facts of the case before beginning argument. The facts are set out in the briefs, which have been read by the Justices.
You should speak in a clear, distinct manner, and try to avoid a monotone delivery. Speak into the microphone so that your voice will be audible to the Justices and to ensure a clear recording. Avoid having notes or books touch the microphones, since this interferes with the recording process. Under no circumstances should you read your argument from a prepared script.
- GUIDE FOR COUNSEL IN CASES TO BE ARGUED BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 2013, p. 9 (emphasis mine) [PDF]
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