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    California Law Review Circuit


 VOL. 1                                                     JANUARY 2010
                   Copyright © 2010 by California Law Review, Inc.


       Remarks of Jeff Bleich at the First

    Annual Conference on the California

                        Supreme Court


                           Hon. Jeff Bleicht


     I would like to thank UC Berkeley School of Law for inviting me here
today. This is, of course, an opportunity that any person who has appeared
before the California Supreme Court dreams about. It may be my only chance
to address so many members of the Court without being stopped repeatedly,
asked difficult questions, or losing. I can also say things like that without being
concerned about contempt charges.
     I'd like to talk about the current state of advocacy in the California
Supreme Court, and offer two suggestions for improving the quality of briefing
and oral argument.
     The courts that confront our most difficult issues want, and deserve, the
best arguments. Good, careful advocacy strengthens the decision-making
process at every level. It ensures that the Justices get perspectives they might
otherwise miss. It allows them to test the record, and to determine the limits of
each side's position so that they craft a decision that can apply without
unintended effects. This is why we have a hearing process in the first place: to


    Copyright © 2010 California Law Review, Inc. California Law Review, Inc. (CLR) is a
California nonprofit corporation. CLR and the authors are solely responsible for the content of
their publications.
    f United States Ambassador to Australia and former White House Special Counsel to
President Obama. Ambassador Bleich was formerly a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP for
15 years and named the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for Appellate Practice in 2006.
He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1989; an M.P.P
from Harvard University, 1986; and a B.A. from Amherst College, 1983.

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