Never point out that the opinion you are citing was written by a member of the panel.
While the moderator suggested that judges might “like being buttered up,” Kozinski offered that he could not think of a single federal judge who enjoys having his own opinions cited to him.
“It’s not just gauche,” the judge said. “It looks like you’re trying to trap me with my own opinion.”
The only thing worse, he quipped, would be “telling Willie Fletcher that ‘this is something your mom said.’” Ninth Circuit Judge William Fletcher, a Clinton appointee, is the son of Senior Judge Betty B. Fletcher, a member of the court since 1979.