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   Can you identify the Justices of the Supreme
    Court?
              Supreme Court 2008




   (seated, left to right) Justice Kennedy, Justice Stevens, Chief Justice
    Roberts, Justice Scalia, Justice Souter, (standing) Justice Breyer,
    Justice Thomas, Justice Ginsburg, Justice Alito
    When you conduct Supreme Court
              Research,
     what are you trying to FIND?
   Opinions
   Briefs
   Oral Arguments
   Court Rules
   Current News
   Justices
   Secondary Sources
   Docket Information
    How are Supreme Court Opinions
              Published?
   Opinions are first printed as
                                                   United States Reports
       Slip opinions:
            Available in print
            Westlaw (SCt database)
                  ( Cases Prior to 1945 use
                   SCt-Old database)
            Lexis (Genfed;US)


   Then, cases are published in:
             U.S. Reports (official reporter)
            Supreme Court Reporter
                                                 Supreme Court Reporter
            U.S. Supreme Court Reports,
             Lawyers Edition


                                    United States Supreme Court Reports,
                                    Lawyer’s Edition
How will I FIND Opinions?
                In print:
                     Supreme Court Digest
                    Federal Digest
                On Lexis and Westlaw
                    Search for:
                       Majority opinions by a
                        Justice
                       All opinions by a Justice

                       All Cases Argued by an
                        Attorney or Law Firm
                       All Cases involving a
                        Party
                       Other combinations…
                www.lexis.com
                www.westlaw.com
        How will I FIND Opinions?
   Other sources for opinions include:
       Internet
            US Supreme Court Website –http://www.supremecourtus.gov/
            Legal Information Institute (Cornell)
             http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/index.html
                  Search by author, topic or party
            GPO Access Supreme Court Decisions- www.gpoaccess.gov
                  Links you to the Supreme Court site
            Findlaw- www.findlaw.com
            Supreme Court Blog – www.Scotus.com

       Looseleaf Services
            US Law Week
        Briefs (Merits and Amicus)
   Law Library Collections
       Microfiche- 1940 - date
       Print -1793 - date
   Lexis – Merits and Amicus
   Westlaw – Merits and Amicus
   Internet
       U.S. Supreme Court Website – Merits Briefs
       Findlaw – older briefs
       Office of the Solicitor General

   Books:
       Landmark Briefs and Arguments of the Supreme Court of the
        United States
                   Oral Arguments
   Mercer Law Library web page
   http://www.law.mercer.edu/library/Research/LegalResou
    rces.cfm#supreme

   Lexis and Westlaw
   Internet
       Supreme Court website archives transcripts of oral arguments
   Microfiche
   Books
   Audio
       Oyez – www.oyez.org
                                     Court Rules
   Print
        USCA – Rules Volume of Code
        USCS – Rules Volume of Code
        USC – Title 28, Appendix of the US Code
   Lexis (GenFed;Rules)
   Westlaw (US-Rules database)
   Supreme Court Website
   Unpublished cases-
        Supreme Court Approved Citation to Unpublished Federal Court
         Opinions
        Rule 32.1 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
         (effective, Dec. 1, 2006)
                        Current Awareness
   Internet
        Findlaw’s Supreme Court Center
        Cornell Legal Information Institute’s Supreme Court Collection
               http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/index.html


        Supreme Court Today (US Law Week)
        Willamette Law School
               www.willamette.edu/wucl/wlo

   Print
        US Law Week
        Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases (Lexis – Genfed;Pre-Vu) Westlaw – SCt-
         Preview
   Lexis and Westlaw
        Summaries of all decisions from the current term
               Westlaw – WLB-SCt
               Lexis – Genfed;USList
                  Justices

   Books
   Westlaw has individual databases for each
    Justice on the court
   Internet
       Findlaw
       Oyez

      Some Secondary Sources…
    Books:
       Joan Biskupic, Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to the
        US Supreme Court
       Encyclopedia of the U.S. Supreme Court
       The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the
        United States
       The Supreme Court A-Z
       The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions
        and Developments
       Robert L. Stern, Supreme Court Practice
   Law Review Articles:
        Supreme Court Resources

   See handout

   Who Cares?
       When you consider which groups have an
        interest in a case, you may find opinions and
        briefs online.
       http://www.eswr.com/1105/rapanos/
    Supreme Court resources online
                     Useful Websites
                Logon to your computers…

   http://www.supremecourtus.gov/
   http://www.oyez.org/oyez/frontpage
   www.lexis.com
   www.westlaw.com

   www.willamette.edu/wucl/wlo/us-supreme/index.htm
   http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.html
   http://www.uscourts.gov/supremecourt.html
   http://www.justia.us/
   www.washlaw.edu
   http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/index.html