[Posted May 31, 2011] The Supreme Court always sits in Richmond, except, of course, when it doesn’t. Each summer, the court arranges for writ panels to meet in locations outside The Holy City, bringing the court to the people. This year, the “road show” will include stops in Prince William County on Thursday, July 7, and in Albemarle County on Tuesday, July 12. These sessions are open to the public.

For those of you in those geographic areas, this is a wonderful opportunity to see the justices at work, to get a feel for how writ panels operate. If you ever expect to argue one of these over the course of your career, you owe it to yourself (and to your clients) to go and watch a few. Really, would you undertake to handle a trial before you’d watched one? If you spend just an hour there, you can see six or seven such arguments, and perhaps get some ideas about which tactics work and which don’t.

For those of you in the Capital region, fear not; the court will also hear writ arguments in Richmond on July 12-13.