First Monday in October – U.S. Supreme Court October Term 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court, group photo 2010It’s the first Monday in October which means the U.S. Supreme Court is back in session with the justices on the bench today to hear oral arguments. Here are a few resources to help you better follow the 2015 Fall Term and to learn more about our highest court.

Official Website & Schedule

Official website of the U.S. Supreme Court, including list of cases scheduled for argument and the official calendar for argument, non-argument, and conference days.

Scheduled Arguments for the October sitting.

News & Activities

SCOTUSblog – this Peabody Award-winning site is one of the best ways to keep up on the news and activities of the Supreme Court, with daily reporting and analysis. Follow via social media.

Study & Teaching – The Oyez Project from the Chicago-Kent College of Law is an authoritative source of the Supreme Court’s audio “since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. Oyez … offers transcript-synchronized and searchable audio, plain-English case summaries, illustrated decision information, and opinions. Oyez also provides detailed information on every justice throughout history and offers a panoramic tour of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of several justices.”

General Info, Case Info & Lesson Plan Sites from the nonprofit organization, StreetLaw.

Currently Airing

The CSPAN network, in conjunction with the National Constitution Center, has begun a 12-part series called LANDMARK CASES: Historic Supreme Court Decisions, that brings to life “twelve of the most significant and frequently cited cases in the Supreme Court’s history,” including Marbury v. Madison, Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade. It airs Monday nights at 9pm ET on C-SPAN and C-SPAN3 and will run October 5 – December 21, 2015. Watch the trailer.

The series has a companion book by veteran Supreme Court journalist Tony Mauro.

On Display at the Law Library

Select related titles and a DVD from our collection:

SCOTUS_Fall2015_DisplayA Constitutional History of the U.S. Supreme Court, by Richard J. Regan

A People’s History of the Supreme Court, by Peter Irons

The 1981 classic comedy/drama on DVD, First Monday in October, starring Walter Matthau and Jill Clayburgh.

Covering the United States Supreme Court in the Digital Age, edited by Richard Davis

The Case Against the Supreme Court, by Erwin Chemerinsky

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