May it Please the Court?: The Perils of Correcting a Justice's Pronunciation

3 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2017  

James J. Duane

Regent University - School of Law

Date Written: September 30, 2016

Abstract

This article examines a difficult dilemma often faced by trial and appellate lawyers: How should you respond when the judge questioning you mispronounces some word? Should you risk giving offense by correcting the judge? Or should you simply copy the mistake made by the court? The article looks at a recent case in which a young lawyer had to make that decision when arguing before the Supreme Court of the United States, and includes some recommendations as to how every lawyer should handle that awkward challenge.

Keywords: Appellate Advocacy; Trial Advocacy

Suggested Citation

Duane, James J., May it Please the Court?: The Perils of Correcting a Justice's Pronunciation (September 30, 2016). Seton Hall Circuit Review Vol. 13, No. 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2943459

James Duane (Contact Author)

Regent University - School of Law ( email )

1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.regent.edu/duane

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