Illinois Supreme Court Justice Burke offers students tips on oral arguments

Justice Burke speaks to Criminal Appeals Clinic students at the Illinois Supreme Court's current location in Chicago.
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke (SCPS '76, DHL '05) offered advice to students in DePaul's Criminal Appeals Clinic on October 30, 2013, at the court's temporary residence in Chicago:

“State the rule of law. If the law is with you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. You could be arguing for a change in the law,” said Justice Burke.

Justice Burke shared her insights on making oral arguments and fielded student questions. She also discussed unique aspects of the court’s work and showed some historic photos of the Supreme Court. Clinical Instructor Laura Weiler, an attorney with the Office of the State Appellate Defender, arranged for the students to hear from Justice Burke.