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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Spider-Man and the Supreme Court

Posted by Library Blog on 05/01/2015 at 03:13 PM

On March 31st, 2015 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a patent law case about Spider-Man’s Web Blaster. This was just one of the sixty-nine cases schedules for argument through April this year. Have you ever wanted to find out information about one of the cases currently before the Supreme Court? If so, there are several websites that can help.

Supreme Court of the United States, Architect of the CapitolThe Supreme Court’s website is a treasure trove of information about recent and upcoming cases. In fact, the website also provides easy to understand instructions on how to find briefs, docket information, opinions, oral argument transcripts, etc.

A useful website for tracking information about what is currently happening at the Supreme Court is SCOTUSblog. This website, which was awarded the Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media, has useful statistics about this term as well as live blogging when important decisions are released. The glossary feature is also quite helpful for those of us who don’t know our CVSGs (call for the view of the Solicitor General) from our GVRs (grants certiorari, vacates the decision below, and remands the case).

Another great Supreme Court-related website is the Oyez Project at Chicago-Kent. According to the website, it “is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.” Are you interested in taking a tour of the Supreme Court? This site has it! Are you interested in hearing the oral argument from a case? This site has it! Full details on the  audio files which are available is provided on their "About" page.

Finally, the Legal Beagle’s favorite Supreme Court-related item on the internet may be the following video from The Verge.