How does a lawyer prepare to argue a case for the first time before the highest court in the land? Washington and Lee University School of Law Visiting Professor Sean Donahue, an experienced appellate litigator who has argued 30 federal cases and appeared before the highest state courts in Idaho and Maryland, admits this time things are a little more intense.
"I'm taking advice, doing a lot of reading and a few moot courts. Trying to anticipate the tough questions the justices will ask," says Donahue. "I have to condense this case into three of four key points I want to get across, which will be tough to do. I only have 15 minutes."