Robert Yablon, a senior associate in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe‘s Supreme Court and appellate practice was a little hard to reach on Friday. "Sorry," he said when The Am Law Daily finally caught up with him. "I’ve been really busy."

For good reason. The 35-year-old Yablon was preparing for something that is unusual among law firm associates: an appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday morning at which he is scheduled to make oral arguments in United States v. Davila.

"It’s obviously quite rare to have an associate do an argument, particularly a person at a private firm," says Jeffrey Fisher, the codirector of Stanford Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic who himself argued before the Supreme Court at age 33. It’s an especially impressive accomplishment, Fisher adds, given the emphasis law firms with Supreme Court practices have come to place on those groups as a way of luring both clients and potential hires.