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First Monday in October - Resources to Monitor U.S. Supreme Court Activity

According to the U.S. Supreme Court website, oral arguments for the upcoming term are set to begin on Oct. 7 as scheduled, despite the federal government shutdown.  The Court, however, has made no assurances for operation beyond October 11.  Professor Erwin Chermerinsky provides an interesting overview of the cases the Court will be hearing in a California Lawyer article, "Where Do We Go From Here?"

In addition to the Supreme Court's own website, there are numerous resources for monitoring the court's activity this term.   Here are several recommendations:

Bloomberg BNA U.S. Law Week is a classic service, known for its in-depth analysis, timely dissemination of opinions, as well as its reporting on key cases in federal court jurisdiction.  Bloomberg Law also sponsors SCOTUSblog, written by attorneys and law professors.  This blog comprehensively covers the U.S. Supreme Court and the judicial nomination process, winning a Peabody award for its excellence in electronic media.

The American Bar Association's Preview of United States Court Cases is a well regarded publication that provides expert analysis of all cases given plenary review by the Court. Hein Online has issues through 2012 and the Law Library also maintains a print subscription with the most current issues.

The Oyez Project at Chicago-Kent College of Law is a database with major constitutional cases heard by the United States Supreme Court, including digital audio of oral arguments since 1955 when recording devices were first installed in the courtroom.

Cornell's Legal Information Institute maintains a detailed Supreme Court database and provides scholarly insights through its LII Bulletin Service.

And for comprehensive data-sets and analytical tools, visit the Supreme Court Database, which is supported by the National Science Foundation. This database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1946 and 2012 terms.

Submitted by Cheryl O'Connor on October 7, 2013

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