Dear Mr. Chief Justice, I have written this book for you. I am sure you would agree that there is
a certain irony surrounding an entire book directed towards a single individual-it certainly is not a wise tactic to boost sales. But my research in this book will have the greatest impact upon the Court if you take seriously some of my ﬁ ndings, and then seek to correct the communication imbalance between the justices and advocates at oral argument. At a minimum, shifting away from the Court’s current rapid-ﬁ re style will allow audiences to appreciate the serious consideration and measured justice with which the Court scrutinizes each case. Currently, the justices’ brusque exchanges suggest to audience members that a justice has already made up his or her mind and rapid echanges prevent an advocate from fairly articulating his or her case. While advocates, judges, and legal scholars will ﬁ nd unique insights and beneﬁ cial suggestions within this study, as Chief Justice, you have the ability to inﬂ uence directly the communication between advocates and justices.