Monday, June 6, 2011

Guest Blogger: Lisa S. Blatt

We at IntLawGrrls are honored to welcome Lisa S. Blatt (right) as today's guest blogger.
Lisa is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C. She heads the firm's appellate and Supreme Court practice,which the National Law Journal placed on its 2010 "Appellate Hot List" as representing "the best in the practice of appellate law."
She joined the firm in 2009 following 13 years as an Assistant in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States. Before that she held a number of posts in the U.S. Department of Energy and practiced in the private sector.
In her career she's argued 30 cases before the Court, more than any other woman and more than all but 20 men in the Court's history. Lisa's won 29 of her Supreme Court arguments, and the Supreme Court Clerk's Guide for Counsel in Cases to be Argued Before the Supreme Court points to her oral advocacy as an example to be followed.
She's also an active advocate in lower federal courts, as a member not only of the Bar of the Supreme Court, but also of the Bars of the District of Columbia and of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits. Matters have spanned the gamut of legal issues, from the Alien Tort Statute to patent and antitrust law.
Among her professional memberships are the Advisory Board for the Supreme Court Institute of the Georgetown University Law Center and the Constitutional and the National Chamber Litigation Center's Administrative Law Committee.
In her guest post below, Lisa explores reasons for the gender gap among Supreme Court advocates. Her post is an excerpt from "In Front of the Burgundy Curtain: The Top Ten Lessons I've Learned About Advocacy before the Nation's Highest Court," a 2010 address that she delivered at the Chautauqua Institution and published in the Green Bag 2d. (Thanks to our colleague, Green Bag editor-in-chief Ross E. Davies, for encouraging this guest post.)
Lisa earned her B.A. and J.D. degrees, both summa cum laude, from the University of Texas School of Law. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Heartfelt welcome!

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