Then you will have to go to Washington, D.C., and wait in line to get a seat to oral argument. My father Norman J. Landau took me to see the high court hear oral argument in an Environmental Law case, and it made for a lifelong memory. Every citizen should see a federal trial or appellate court "in action." At ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., we ask ALL of our personal injury, workers compensation and Social Security Disability clients and their families to come see what we do in court. It is important to know how our courts of justice work and what actually occurs "in real life" and not just from fictionalized accounts on television series or dramatizations in the movies.
The justices of the Supreme Court of the United States sift through some 9,000 cases a year and pick 80 to 90 for oral argument. While you cannot watch them on prime time, or even cable television, the Supreme Court justices decided this fall to regularly release audio recordings of oral arguments. But television cameras are still not allowed in the United States Supreme Court. Last spring, the front entrance to the highest court in the land was closed to the public for security reasons. That move was accompanied by a dissent , form justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, who lamented the symbolism of doors now closed.