100 Oral Arguments: How A DOJ Atty Made High Court History

Law360, New York (May 9, 2016, 4:27 PM EDT) -- Michael Dreeben’s first oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court was memorable for all the wrong reasons. His case was mocked by Justice Antonin Scalia. He was out-dueled by a brilliant young lawyer named John Roberts. He lost 9-0. And yet it sparked a supernova career for Dreeben, who last month delivered his 100th argument, a milestone achieved by only seven other attorneys in the high court’s history.

Dreeben, 61, is the bearded, bespectacled, deputy solicitor general in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal docket at the Supreme Court. He first argued in 1989 and has done so every...

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