Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Elaine J. Goldenberg published an article in Law360 on Jan. 30, 2018 detailing her first experience arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In “My Supreme Court Debut: The Flip Of A Coin,” Ms. Goldenberg shares an anecdote about how a flip of a coin led to her receiving her first U.S. Supreme Court argument. She describes her extensive and meticulous preparation process – one she used for her 11 subsequent arguments, as well.
Ms. Goldenberg also reflects on her emotions on the morning of the argument and her exhilaration once she was in front of the justices. “[M]y first Supreme Court argument, which was also my first victory as an advocate at the court, will always be an especially satisfying and meaningful one — and I will always feel lucky that, at the flip of a coin, I was given the opportunity to do it,” she writes.
Ms. Goldenberg focuses her practice on complex litigation and appeals. She joined the firm in 2017 from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General. During her five-year tenure in the Solicitor General’s Office, she briefed 20 Supreme Court cases at the merits stage and more than 100 cases at the certiorari stage, as well as helping to formulate the government’s positions and appellate strategy in the lower courts. She has argued 12 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.