Requested and Answered: Trying Forward to 2021

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Jeffrey L. Fisher has argued greater than 40 U.S. Supreme Courtroom instances, and he depends closely on the justices’ physique language throughout arguments. However that wasn’t doable for his final three, which have been carried out by cellphone due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fisher took all three calls at Stanford Legislation College’s Supreme Courtroom Litigation Clinic, which he co-directs. He has children at house, in addition to a spouse who additionally teaches regulation college remotely, and he didn’t need any interruptions from individuals or Wi-Fi connections.

For the primary argument in Could, he opted to face at a lectern. However that didn’t really feel proper, and he realized that making an attempt to copy the in-person Supreme Courtroom expertise on the cellphone in all probability wasn’t the appropriate strategy.

So for his subsequent two arguments, each of which have been heard in November, he took the calls whereas sitting down at a convention desk. Additionally, there may be no less than one profit to the phone course of, Fisher says—when it’s your flip, you possibly can take notes.

He just lately shared his experiences with ABA Journal Senior Author Stephanie Francis Ward as a part of a particular Requested and Answered podcast sequence, which seems on the approach that attorneys’ lives have modified in the course of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Jeffrey L. Fisher

Jeffrey L. Fisher, a Stanford Legislation College professor, co-directs its Supreme Courtroom Litigation Clinic, and he’s additionally a particular counsel with O’Melveny & Myers’ Supreme Courtroom and appellate follow group. The landmark instances he has argued embrace Riley v. California and Obergefell v. Hodges.