Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Ginger D. Anders published an article in Law360 on Dec. 5, 2017 reflecting on the first of her 18 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In “My Supreme Court Debut: 2 Moots And A Sweet Celebration,” Ms. Anders recalls her debut argument, which she made as an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, in Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick. Representing the government as an amicus party in the case, Ms. Anders was allotted 10 minutes to argue for the party whose position the government supported.
Ms. Anders explains why the case presented ideal circumstances for her to make her Supreme Court debut and details the rigorous preparation – which includes two moot court run-throughs – that members of the Solicitor General’s Office go through to get ready for their arguments. “[I]deally, the moots will seem more challenging than the actual argument, because by the time of the argument, one is far more prepared than in the moots,” she writes.
In addition, Ms. Anders explains the preparation methods and speaking style that she found to be most effective in arguing before the court.
Ms. Anders is a complex litigation and appellate lawyer based in the Washington, D.C. office. She joined the firm from the DOJ, where she served as an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel.