Wednesday, October 1, 2008

First Monday Madness

It’s that time of year again. "First Monday", October 6, marks the beginning of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008-2009 term. What issues will be tackled by our nation’s highest court? A number of online resources have the answers.

  • The Supreme Court’s own web site offers its Argument Calendars for the upcoming term. Argument transcripts should be posted within the same day at

  • The American Bar Association’s annual Supreme Court Preview provides copies of all merit and amicus briefs for the Court’s upcoming term, and a “Supreme Court Primer” of procedures.

  • The popular SCOTUSblog offers running (often live) commentary and analysis on the new term’s cases. Its SCOTUSwiki feature presents OT2008 cases in argument order, with links to briefs, commentary and analysis; following arguments, SCOTUSblog volunteers will post “Oral Argument Recaps” and “Opinion Analysis”, making this an excellent place to begin researching a Supreme Court case of interest.

  • For quick summaries of the day’s activity in the U.S. Supreme Court, many attorneys rely on U.S. Law Week’s Supreme Court Today, which is available to the Law School community at (click “U.S. Law Week” at the bottom of the page; then choose “Supreme Court Today” from the menu at the left).

  • To learn more about the U.S. Supreme Court, visit the library’s online research guide for more links as well as print resources.