The federal appellate courts are split over the issue of whether lawyers who will argue an appeal should receive advance notice as to which three judges have been assigned to the oral argument panel. Despite attorneys' seemingly universal preference for learning judges' identities beforehand, judges in some circuits have been able to enforce their preference against advance disclosure. Attorney Howard J. Bashman considers whether this is an area for which a uniform rule should be adopted.
Who's on the Argument Panel: Why Ignorance Isn't Bliss
Special to Law.com
April 3, 2006