DALLAS–Justice Samuel Alito offered a glimpse into the inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting.

Alito, speaking during the Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon, offered a "top 10" list of things he believes most people don’t know about the court, saying his fellow justices’ recent TV talk show appearances inspired the David Letterman-style countdown.

Among them: Most cases don’t involve constitutional law; oral arguments–although high profile–are only a small part of the job; and, despite some tartly worded dissents every now and then, the justices basically get along.

Alito, who joined the court in 2006, spoke to a crowd of more than 1,300 people inside the Hilton Anatole on the first full day of the bar’s annual meeting. The meeting continues Friday.

For a schedule of remaining events, visit texasbar.com/annualmeeting.

Alito explains Supreme Court work in State Bar speech