Law: Sam's Hour of Glory?and Agony

As one attorney finds, a Supreme Court debut is a trial

Though lawyers are forever vowing to go "all the way to the Supreme Court, "few get there, if only because the Justices take just about 150 cases a year. Understandably, attorneys making their debut before the high bench hope to shine in the hour or so of "oral argument" allotted for a case. But the experience can be humbling, especially for lawyers whose world is largely one of poor clients and local courts.

One such newcomer was Salvatore Cucinotta, a Philadelphia lawyer who describes...

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