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Supreme Court Term Begins on the First Monday in October

The United State Supreme Court begins its term today, the first Monday in October. Here is a repeat of our post last year outlining where information on the Court can be found – the SCOTUSblog is the place for all information on the Supreme Court.

Information there includes a listing of cases to be heard this year, petitionssupreme court statistics and the newsfeed. Find even more under the “CATEGORIES” tab to find Book Reviews , the Academic Round-Up for “news about recent court-related scholarship,” and discussion of Cases in the Pipeline

The official website for the Supreme Court is here . Supreme Court Opinions can be found in the law library using Lexis and Westlaw.

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Supreme Court Opinions

Opinions of the United States Supreme court are certainly in the headlines. Opinions of the Supreme court are available on the Supreme Court’s website (SupremeCourt.gov) on the day the opinions are announced beginning at 10:00 a.m. If there is more than one opinion, they will be released in ten-minute intervals.

Recent decisions are highlighted on the main page and all are available on the opinions page. The website provides a listing of “Online Sources Cited in Opinions” and a “Case Citation Finder” which will “retrieve the citation, in the form recommended by the Reporter of Decisions, for every signed, per curiam, or in-chambers opinion published (or soon to be published) in the United States Reports.”

The U.S. Reports page provides links to the U.S. Reports with the following caution:

Only the printed bound volumes of the U. S. Reports contain the final, official opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States. In case of discrepancies between a bound volume and the materials included here—or any other version of the same materials, whether print or electronic, official or unofficial—the printed bound volume controls.

Supreme Court opinions are also available on Lexis and Westlaw in the law library.

The SCOTUSblog is a source of news and analysis of the Supreme Court. See our post from October on the beginning of this term to learn more.

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First Monday in October – Supreme Court Preview

Monday, October 2, 2017, marks the beginning of a new term for the Supreme Court of the United States.  The court makes its calendars and lists available online.

Here are some links to summaries of the upcoming term:

SCOTUSblog  “ is devoted to comprehensively covering the U.S. Supreme Court without bias and according to the highest journalistic and legal ethical standards. The blog is provided as a public service.”  and they have published a list of upcoming cases.”

Oyez is “a free law project from Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII), Chicago-Kent College of Law and Justia.com, is a multimedia archive devoted to making the Supreme Court of the United States accessible to everyone. It is a complete and authoritative source for all of the Court’s audio since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.”   Their list and summary is here.

In the news:

Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/first-monday-in-october-new-supreme-court-term-begins/2017/10/02/0caf66c4-a742-11e7-9a98-07140d2eed02_story.html?utm_term=.415c9fb531cc

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/2017/10/01/38d5bbc2-a521-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.9d5499feff71

New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/us/politics/supreme-court-term-2017.html?ref=todayspaper

USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/26/supreme-courts-top-cases-2017/698441001/ 

LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-court-cases-fall-2017-story.html

CSPAN video: https://www.c-span.org/video/?434059-1/supreme-court-term-preview 

In the law library we have online access to the Bloomberg BNA United States Law Week. Preview highlights of the upcoming term and reviews of last term are available.  This publication is a current awareness tool for following the Supreme Court and national case-law trends. There is an icon for access to this publication on all library computers.

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President Obama Announces Supreme Court Nominee

Today, President Obama announced that he is nominating Federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Brian Garland to the Supreme Court. You can read more about the announcement and watch at video of the announcement here.

To learn more about the Supreme Court Appointment Process, check out this 2010 publication from the Congressional Research Service, which details the nomination and appointment procedure and provides background information about the process.
Additional research resources are available through the Georgetown Law Library’s website, which includes a research guide on Supreme Court Nominations, the SCOTUSblog and NPR.
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U.S. Supreme Court rules on Maryland’s Personal Income Tax Scheme

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the personal income tax scheme in Maryland violates the dormant Commerce Clause. The Commerce Clause grants the U.S. Congress the power to regulate commerce among states. The dormant Commerce Clause is a derivative of the Commerce Clause and prevents states from “discriminat[ing] between transactions on the basis of some interstate element”. Basically, the Supreme Court found that Maryland’s personal income tax scheme violates the dormant Commerce Clause because Maryland’s personal income tax scheme does not offer, at the county-level, full credit for personal income taxes paid in other states.

For more information about this decision, check out these articles.

You can read the opinion here.

 

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First Monday in October – Supreme Court Review

For links to articles discussing the new term of the Supreme Court, Marissa Miller of  SCOTUS blog provides a good write-up in her Monday round-up (Marissa Miller, Monday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Oct. 1, 2012, 9:10 AM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2012/10/monday-round-up-140/)

In the law library we have online access to the Bloomberg BNA United States  Law Week.  Preview highlights of the upcoming term and previews of last term are available.  This publication is a current awareness tool for following the Supreme Court and national case-law trends. There is an icon for access to this publication on all library computers.