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The Supreme Court of the United States End of Term Mystique

Judith Kaul  /  Wednesday, May 31, 2017  /  Categories: Just in Case, legal news  /  Rate this article:
Many traditions have evolved at the U.S. Supreme Court over its history.  We all know that the traditional starting date is the first Monday of October. Generally, the Court sessions end at the end of June or early July, if necessary. Argument dates ended in April this year. Now that the Court has its own website there may be
a little less suspense about the release of information about cases. There are new tools or improved tools we typically turn to at the end of the term.

Resources available through the Court’s website, or resources linked to from that website:
2016-2017 Supreme Court Term Briefs are available through a link to the American Bar Association’s Preview of the United States Supreme Court Cases.  Preview also provides Feature Articles that cover issues pending in cases before the Court in the current term, brief summaries appear with the topics and when you click through you can read an overview of the case facts, legal issues, case analysis, and significance. Brief bios of the articles’ authors are provided. Also available are Amicus briefs accompany  the case.

A special section of Preview is  "Teaching with Preview" which also provides background information about the current term.  Previous terms are also available in a side navigation bar.

The Legal Information Institute delivers a great site for the Supreme Court of the United States, featuring a Calendar of Oral Arguments with links to Docket information and the opinion when announced, and the LII
Bulletin provides signed previews on each case. A  feature of the LII Bulletin is that it provides links to additional relevant details.  

LII’s fully-loaded site now covers Decisions by Month and Term, Cases Argued This Term, Cases Granted Cert., Cases Pending Oral Argument, and Oral Argument Calendars. The site also contains full opinions back through the 1990 Term. If you haven’t explored LII lately, you should take a look. You will feel inspired to donate to its support.

The classic source to consult at this point of the term as we wait for the final opinions is Bloomberg BNA’s United States Law Week (USLW).  USLW covers the SCOTUS and the Federal Courts.  Its traditional articles analyzing the Supreme Court opinions are accompanied by links to the PDFs of opinions.  A relatively new feature (when using the Bloomberg Law interface) is a case analysis, with Direct History, Case Analysis, Table of Authorities and Citing Documents. This is a modernization of the Classic USLW, taking advantage of the digital environment. 

If you are an incoming 1L looking for inspiring summer reading, checking out these resources may help you feel connected to the legal discussion and get exposed to the Supreme Court mystique.

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