A graduate of the University of Rochester and Cardozo School of Law in New York City, Lisa Sarnoff Gochman is a career appellate prosecutor. In 2000, Gochman argued the landmark criminal sentencing case of Apprendi v. New Jersey before the Rehnquist Court in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the state of New Jersey. In 2012, Gochman retired as a deputy attorney general in the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice in Trenton after twenty-six years of service. She currently serves as Of Counsel to the Appellate Section of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.
At the Altar of the Appellate Gods: Arguing in the US Supreme Court (a Memoir)
At the Altar of the Appellate Gods captures the terror, wonder, and joy of preparing for and arguing a landmark criminal case before the nine justices of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC. My memoir traces the arc of a violent, racially motivated crime by white supremacist Charles C. Apprendi, Jr., in rural Vineland NJ, through the NJ state court system, and all the way up to the Supreme Court where I defended the constitutionality of New Jersey's Hate Crime Statute before a very hot bench.