On Wednesday, October 3, United States Supreme Court litigator and former Assistant to the Solicitor General Patricia Millett spoke to Widener faculty and students on the Harrisburg campus as part of faculty development and in observation of the start of the Supreme Court's 2007 Term. Ms. Millett discussed the upcoming term, the significant cases currently before the Court, and those cases' broader implications. She gave audience members a clear sense of what it is like to litigate before the Supreme Court and to style one's arguments, both written and oral, to appeal to the justices. Being more accustomed to being interrupted by the justices than to speaking for long periods of time uninterrupted, Ms. Millett took faculty and student questions throughout her talk, sprinkling her answers with anecdotes from her numerous appearances before the Court.
Patricia Millet was an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States from 1996 until September 2007. She has argued twenty-five cases before the Supreme Court, which is more than any other woman in history except one and more than any other woman currently in practice. In 2004, she was awarded the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award for representing the interests of the United States before the Supreme Court. Ms. Millett received her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois and her law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. She recently joined the Washington, DC law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as a partner in its Appellate Litigation practice and as co-chair of the Supreme Court practice group.