Oral Arguments Guide for Counsel - page 5

GUIDE FOR COUNSEL
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B.
DAY OF ARGUMENT
Arguing
counsel and co-
counsel who will
be seated at the
counsel tables for
cases to be argued
in the morning
must report on the
day of argument
to the conference
room
in
the
second-floor
library of the
Court
between
9:00 and 9:15
a.m. The Clerk
will brief counsel
at this time on Courtroom protocol and answer any last-minute questions they may have. Arguing
counsel and co-counsel whose cases are scheduled for an afternoon session need not be present in
the morning for the Clerk's briefing or the oral arguments, but must instead report to the library on
the day of argument at 12:45 p.m. for a briefing by the Clerk. If desired by counsel, the Clerk will
make arrangements for wi-fi access in the Courtroom and, should counsel find themselves in need
of anything unexpectedly, the Clerk will attempt to accommodate counsel's needs.
Appropriate attire for counsel is conservative business dress in traditional dark colors (e.g.,
navy blue or charcoal gray).
Cell phones, personal computers, and any other electronic devices not in use must be turned
off or in silent mode and stored. Coats, hats, and unneeded papers of arguing counsel and co-
counsel may be left in the conference room in the library on the second floor. Coats and hats may
also be hung on the coat racks outside of the Courtroom.
On argument days, no interviews may be conducted and news cameras are not permitted in
the Court building; however, interviews may take place and cameras are allowed in the front of the
building, where reporters may wait to talk to counsel after argument has concluded.
Audio transcripts of oral arguments will be posted on the Court's website,
, within one business day of the argument. To obtain a copy of the
argument on CD, contact the Clerk's Office at 202-501-5980.
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