You Too Can Be a Supreme Court Practitioner

May 30, 2019

DRI Panel: What Does It Take To Develop and Conduct a U.S. Supreme Court Practice?

Two Supreme Court practitioners, a nationally renown legal marketing & brand strategy expert, and a highly experienced Supreme Court printer, will answer this question in detail during the “You Too Can Be a Supreme Court Practitioner” panel at the DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar in Chicago on July 19.

The real Supreme Court Bar is not limited to the small number of talented lawyers who repeatedly appear before the Court at oral arguments. It also is composed of hundreds of appellate specialists from around the United States who are well qualified to handle the bulk of Supreme Court work, which is in written form. This lively panel, moderated by Larry Ebner, will explore what you, as an appellate specialist, can do to develop, promote, and engage in Supreme Court practice.

Here is a preview of their key points:

Kim Proxmire, Legal Marketing & Brand Strategy Consultant:

“As an appellate specialist, getting found and subsequently hired, starts with defining and developing your own personal brand. If left undefined, others will do it for you.”

Kim Proxmire

Matt Nelson, Supreme Court & Appellate Practice Leader, Warner, Norcross & Judd LLP:

“Practice in the U.S. Supreme Court is within reach for skilled appellate lawyers. But developing a more-than-passing experience in the nation’s highest court requires the development of relationships with organizations that regularly participate in Supreme Court litigation.”

Matt Nelson

Karen Pierangeli, President, Byron S. Adams Printers:

“The Supreme Court Rules are quite specific about the printing and filing of briefs. The requirements are not like those of any other court. Plan ahead and work with an experienced Supreme Court printer than can assist you from start to finish.”

Karen Pierangeli

Larry Ebner, Founder, Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC:

“Supreme Court practice is primarily in written form—certiorari petitions and oppositions, merits briefs & amicus briefs, applications for stays and extensions. Hundreds of appellate specialists throughout the United States are well qualified to produce high-quality Supreme Court work, and if presented with the opportunity, appear in person before the Court.”  See Larry’s recent op-ed, Redefining “the Supreme Court Bar.”

Larry Ebner, Moderator

More About the DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar

July 19, 2019 – Chicago, IL

DRI’s Appellate Advocacy Seminar will benefit all attorneys interested in appellate practice. All full-time and part-time appellate practitioners, including seasoned appellate advocates, attorneys looking to branch into or build an appellate practice, and young lawyers, will learn relevant and practical skills to apply to their daily work. Moderators will pose thought-provoking questions and hypotheticals to panels of distinguished judges, practitioners, and academics who will share their knowledge of appellate practice, business development, legal writing, records on appeal, appeals of injunctions, and judicial recusal. As a bonus, the committee is teaming up with the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE) to provide two sessions of joint programming and a joint networking reception at the conclusion of the seminar.  To register as a DRI member or non-member, call DRI at 312-795-1101.