Arnold & Porter Co-Organizes Film Screening of "Fast Talk," Followed By Panel Discussion on Competitive Debate and Oral Advocacy

August 23, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 4 p.m.; Georgetown University Law Center

Washington, DC, August 23, 2011 -- The international law firm Arnold & Porter LLP, together with the Supreme Court Institute of Georgetown University Law Center, has organized a film screening of "Fast Talk," followed by a panel discussion on competitive debate and oral advocacy. The screening and discussion will take place on Thursday, September 8, at 4 pm at the Law Center's Philip A. Hart Auditorium, located at 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC. The event is free, but attendees are requested to register in advance by emailing

The provocative documentary film "Fast Talk" follows the championship-winning Northwestern University debate team over the course of one year, while simultaneously examining why debaters talk so fast. The panel discussion will explore how the nature of competitive debate trains debaters to be effective lawyers and oral advocates in the judicial setting.

Lisa Blatt, a veteran of the US Solicitor General's Office and head of Arnold & Porter's Appellate and Supreme Court practice, will moderate the panel discussion. The speakers include Judge Brett Kavanaugh, US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Paul Clement, partner at Bancroft PLLC; David C. Frederick, partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC; Thomas C. Goldstein, partner at Goldstein & Russell PC; Neal Katyal, professor at Georgetown University Law Center; and Debra Tolchinsky, filmmaker and assistant professor of Radio-TV-Film at Northwestern University.

Arnold & Porter has one of the country's leading Appellate and Supreme Court practices. The firm maintains an impressive track record, which includes handling high-profile Supreme Court cases that are taught in the nation's law schools, as well as several recent ground-breaking appeals involving issues of vital interest to the firm's clients. For the 2010-11 term, the firm successfully represented clients as counsel of record in three merits cases and co-counsel in a fourth merits case.

Georgetown Law's Supreme Court Institute brings together faculty, students, and practicing lawyers to study the Supreme Court in all of its dimensions. The Institute is supported by Georgetown Law faculty with a varied and rich understanding of the Court, including leading scholars who write about the Court, former Supreme Court clerks and assistants to the Solicitor General, and over 20 faculty members who brief and argue cases before the Supreme Court.

Arnold & Porter LLP is an international law firm of more than 700 lawyers with offices in Brussels, Denver, London, Los Angeles, New York, Northern Virginia, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC. The firm, founded in 1946, maintains more than 25 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law, with a primary focus on litigation, transactional matters, and regulatory issues.

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