March 17, 2024
At the Altar of the Appellate Gods: Arguing before the US Supreme Court
Lisa Sarnoff Gochman
In her book, At the Altar of the Appellate Gods, Lisa Sarnoff Gochman traces the arc of a violent, racially motivated crime by a white supremacist in rural Vineland, New Jersey all the way to the United States Supreme Court. There, she defended the constitutionality of New Jersey’s Hate Crime Statute before a very hot bench. She will describe the legal path of the case as well as the experience of fielding questions from Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This Dialog will interest anyone who is curious about the inner workings of our court system, and what it is really like to bring a case before the highest court in the country.
After 26 years with the NJ Division of Criminal Justice Lisa retired from State service in 2012 and now serves Of Counsel to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in Freehold, New Jersey.