The John A. Sibley Lecture in Law delivered by Yale Law Professor Geoffrey Hazard at the University of Georgia School of Law on February 11, 1982, revised and expanded for publication. There have been many expositions on advocacy, including some delivered as Sibley Lectures. These expositions say pretty much the same thing: be candid, be thorough, be concise, formulate the issue carefully, answer questions directly, and "go fo the jugular." It would be incautious to reject good advice as to technique, and this sort of thing sounds like good advice. Yet the fact that the same advice keeps coming forth raises doubt about whether it is being heeded, or even heard. It also raises the possibility that the problem of advocacy is more complex than implied by these pedagogic admonitions. My purpose is to explore that possibility.
Hazard, Geoffrey C. Jr., "Arguing the Law: The Advocate's Duty and Opportunity" (1982). Sibley Lecture Series. 25.
Georgia Law Review, Vol. 16, No. 4 (Summer 1982), pp. 821-832