May It Please the Court: SCOTUS Perspectives from Leading Supreme Court Advocates

How does one prepare, and what is it like to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court? In this episode, Douglas Laycock, an experienced Supreme Court advocate himself, moderates an insightful conversation between two prominent Supreme Court appellate lawyers. Former Solicitor General Seth Waxman of WilmerHale and former Assistant to the Solicitor General Nicole Saharsky of Mayer Brown share their personal experiences as well as their unique insight into the nation’s highest court.


Holt v. Hobbs: UVA Law Prof. Douglas Laycock on Arguing the Case

University of Virginia School of Law professor Douglas Laycock discusses Holt v. Hobbs, the religious liberty case he argued Oct. 7, 2014, before the U.S. Supreme Court. Laycock represented an Arkansas inmate who seeks to wear a beard, in accordance with his Muslim faith. Professor Micah Schwartzman provides additional commentary on the case.


Cases Mentioned in This Episode

Brown v. Board of Education

New York v. Quarles

Plessy v. Ferguson

Roper v. Simmons

Stone v. Powell

Thompson v. Oklahoma