Cell Phones and Tablets and Laptops, no longer permitted in some courts. Oh my!!

| February 13, 2013

“By order of court, the public is no longer be permitted to bring any electronic communication and Internet devices into any courthouse facilities of the Circuit Court of Cook County, except the Richard J. Daley Center.”  http://www.cookcountycourt.org/HOME/CellPhoneElectronicDeviceBan.aspx “Banned electronic devices include, but are not limited to, the following: Cell phones, Smartphones, Laptop computers, Tablet computers and All [...]

There’s An App for That: The Oyez Project

| September 16, 2011

The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Their website contains transcripts and audio files of oral arguments, case summaries, briefs, voting alignments and more. The oral argument audio collection covers all audio from the 1968 Term through the current 2010 Term. Before 1968, the audio collection is selective. Parts [...]

Supreme Court’s Fall Term Begins Today

| October 4, 2010

The Supreme Court’s Fall Term begins today. Some of the more notable items on the docket include Snyder v. Phelps (1st Amendment rights intersecting with state tort law) and Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association (1st Amendment case on the California law to restrict sales of violent video games to minors). To view a list of [...]

Snapshot in Time: Justice Frankfurter’s Nomination Hearing

| July 21, 2010

In early January 1939, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard public testimony about the nomination of Dr. Felix Frankfurter to the Supreme Court.  This Hearing is notable because it was one of the first times a Supreme Court nominee publicly testified on his own behalf before the Committee. Dr. Frankfurter was a controversial appointment.  He served [...]

Elena Kagan Confirmation Hearing Starts Today, 12:30 E.S.T.

| June 28, 2010

Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearing starts today. You can follow the live video feed from the hearings through C-Span, the Senate Judiciary Committee, or NPR.

Krazy for Kagan

| May 28, 2010

If you’re looking to update yourself on Elena Kagan’s resume, writings, and her responses to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s questionnaire, there’s some great websites for you to check out. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  The Committee on the Judiciary has posted Kagan’s completed questionnaire as well as all her writings and speeches that [...]

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!

| May 19, 2010

Elena Kagan’s nomination got you thinking about the Supreme Court? Then, spend some time with Oyez.  Oyez, brought to you by the National Science Foundation, is website devoted to all things Supreme Court.  Here’s a sampling of what’s available: Recordings of oral arguments from current and past cases, i.e. U.S. v. Lopez (1995) A virtual [...]

Kagan Tapped as Nominee for the Supreme Court

| May 11, 2010

The White House announced Elena Kagan as the nominee for the 112th Supreme Court justice.  Elena Kagan currently serves as the Solicitor General of the United States.  The Solicitor General’s role is to conduct and supervise all government litigation before the Supreme Court.  As the Solicitor’s website explains: The Solicitor General determines the cases in [...]