At a recent Harvard Law School panel discussion on appellate advocacy that included Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., Topic A was how to prepare for and survive oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Advice ranged from writing out and repeating your first sentence—you might not get to say anything else before being interrupted—to wearing the same pearls to every argument, and eating fish the night before and bananas the morning of oral argument. Yes, lots of bananas.

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