Following the nomination announcement of Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to become the next Associate Justice of The Supreme Court, the Library has updated the Supreme Court Nominations Research Guide. We have compiled a list of resources concerning Judge Gorsuch which include biographical information, court opinions, appellate briefs, Congressional hearings and scholarly publications. We will continue to post more information, including links to confirmation hearings, so check our guide often for updates.
ProQuest has now begun to digitize the U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs collection which was previously available on microfilm, so Georgetown Law Library is making it available for researchers. At this time, records are available for U.S. Supreme Court cases from 2004-2014. Each quarter of 2017, ProQuest will include more material. Their schedule is:
- Q2 1995-2004
- Q3 1985-1994
- Q4 1975-1984
They will also be adding the most recent material in the next few months as well, providing coverage to the most recent 2016-2017 term.
Supreme Court Insight, 1975-2016, is a complete online collection of full opinions from Supreme Court argued cases, including per decision, dockets, oral arguments, joint appendices and amicus briefs. Check out the library’s Supreme Court Research Guide for more information or feel free to ask a reference librarian for assistance with Supreme Court research.
The Washington University in St. Louis has compiled The Supreme Court Database to provide researchers the ability to analyze court decisions by outcome, justice, case components and much more. You can search the Warren Court, the Roberts Court and more in the Modern Search, or choose the Legacy Search to look at decisions from the Taney Court, the Marshall Court or others. You can limit your results to decisions about Civil Rights, Judicial Power, Privacy and Federal Taxation, just to name a few topics.
You can limit your results by lower courts, state courts, majority votes, minority votes and much more. This fact-filled resource can support judicial and legal researchers, thanks to the generous support of the National Science Foundation.
Looking for all of the opinions in the DC Circuit written by President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, try this search on
Westlaw: advanced: JU(garland)
You can also find a few law review articles written by him using HeinOnline. Select Advanced Search and then enter his name in the Author field. He has written Deregulation and Judicial Review, 98 Harv. L. Rev. 505 (1984-1985) and Antitrust and State Action: Economic Efficiency and the Political Process, 96 Yale L.J. 486 (Jan. 1987)
For more information on past nominees to the Supreme Court, check out the Supreme Court Nomination Guide.
The Congressional Research Service details the Supreme Court appointment process in this 2010 report.
The library also has a research guide on recent Supreme Court nominees.
With the Supreme Court back in session, are you following the Court’s decision making process? How about checking out the library’s Supreme Court Research Guide for everything you need to know to be a Court junkie! We highlight the History of the Court, info on the Justices, where to locate records and briefs, as well as books on the Supreme Court.
The Pew Research Center recently released an article and report on public perception of the U.S. Supreme Court. As the Court reached the end of another term, Pew conducted a survey of over 2,000 adults and found that 61% of Republicans have an unfavorable opinion of the court as opposed to 31% of Democrats. The article also looks at perception based on religion and race.
The Supreme Court has posted the audio recordings of the two-part oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges. The transcripts will be posted at the same links.
Part I (Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?)
Part II (Does the 14th Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?)
On the order list for the first day of the term, the Supreme Court denied cert in all seven of the petitions arising from challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage. This includes the 4th Circuit decision concerning the Virginia ban, Bostic v. Schaefer.
Today, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion (8-0; Justice Kagan did not participate) in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc. holding that severance payments to involuntarily-terminated employees because of the end of the business in bankruptcy constitutes taxable wages for the purpose of FICA taxes under 26 USC sec. 3101. Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion, which reversed the decision of the Sixth Circuit.
The case is somewhat notable for its procedural history, as it is a tax case that was litigated originally as an adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court, rather than as a more typical deficiency case in Tax Court or a refund suit in district court or the Court of Federal Claims.