Top Ten Supreme Court Oral Advocates (Selected Categories)

9 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2015

Date Written: August 13, 2015


Scholars have noted the rise of experienced oral advocates in the Supreme Court, but until now, the discussion has focused on the simple number of arguments that an advocate has given before the Court. But a simple tally can both overestimate and underestimate an advocates experience. The paper uses data gathered from the Supreme Court's daily calendars and the SCOTUS Search database of oral argument statements to determine top advocates by such measures as argued words per minute and statements per 30-minute argument.

Keywords: Supreme Court, oral advocacy, amicus curiae, solicitor general of the united states, humor, empirical studies, words per minute

Suggested Citation

Metzler, Theodore, Top Ten Supreme Court Oral Advocates (Selected Categories) (August 13, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

Theodore Metzler (Contact Author)

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