Nervousness at Oral Argument

I was a bit nervous during my oral argument, perhaps because it was just the second argument I’ve ever done, and perhaps because it was just because having to argue a real case in front of real judges is pretty daunting.

Fortunately, I remembered that a judge once told me it’s good to be a bit nervous at oral argument, or at least better than to come across as glib and a know-it-all. Maybe some might disagree on this — but at least it kept me from being nervous about being nervous, in addition to just being nervous.

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