Sunday, September 30, 2007

Researching First Monday

Monday, October 1st marks the opening day of the United States Supreme Court’s 2007-2008 term. “First Monday” usually generates a flurry of discussion in academia as well as the press, and this year is no exception. A sample for your reading pleasure:

  • The American Bar Association’s Supreme Court Preview offers copies of all merit and amicus briefs for the Court’s upcoming term, and a “Supreme Court Primer” of procedures.
  • SCOTUSblog also offers commentary and analysis on the upcoming October Term, from the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP.
  • The Dissenter“, a profile of Justice John Paul Stevens from the New York Times Magazine.
  • Meet the Supremes“, a lengthy New York Times review of the recent Jeffrey Toobin book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. Toobin’s book is currently being processed by the Law Library staff, and will be available for borrowing soon. In the meantime, anyone with a TimesSelect username and password may read the first chapter online through a link in the review. Don’t have a username and password for the New York Times? Contact the Reference Desk to use ours, or obtain a shared login through
  • More Supreme Court-related books in the Law Library Annex can be found with a catalog search for the subject United States. Supreme Court.

To learn more about our nation’s highest court, visit the Duke Law Library Research Guide at