Monthly Archives: September 2006

Supreme Court Oral Arguments

On September 14th, the Supreme Court announced that, beginning with its October 2006 term, transcripts of oral arguments will be available to the public for free on the same day they are heard by the Court. Transcripts are permanently archived on the Court’s website at beginning with the 2000 term. To locate them, click on “Oral Arguments” and select “Argument Transcripts.”  (Post-Terrye)

Legal History (Week of September 25)

Sept. 25, 1981 – First woman Supreme Court justice

Sept. 26, 1987 – Child-killer sentenced to death

Sept. 27, 1964 – Warren Commission gives verdict on Oswald

Sept. 28, 1999 – Grandparents lose out at the Supreme Court

Sept. 29, 1995 – O.J. Simpson jury gives verdict

Sept. 30, 1946 – Verdicts for Nazis at Nuremberg

Oct. 1, 1995 – Verdicts for terrorist plotters

Get the whole scoop at the Tidbits of Interesting Legal History page. (Post – Stacy)

Lexis Training for 1 Ls

Here is a message from Danielle Eckelt, the Lexis Representative.
Hello All —
I wanted to write to tell you the details of the next Lexis classes geared for the 1Ls.
Class will cover basic case research & Shepards.
Class Info:
·      Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Rm. 236
Lunch will be provided & students will receive 100 points
Students can sign up at: Sign-ups are not required; however, if a student wants lunch I would ask that they sign up or wait until others received their pizza. Instruction time will probably last 30 minutes, but with food class could run until 1:30. These are excellent training sessions and you should attend if you need some additional training in Lexis. (post – del)

Faculty Talk on the U.S. Supreme Court

Come join Profs. Brown, Crocker, and Siegel for a Thursday lunchtime talk and learn about one of the Supreme Court’s most important decisions from the 2005-20006 term. Part of the ongoing faculty series, “Understanding the Work of the U.S. Supreme Court”, this week’s discussion is “Executive Power in the Age of Terrorism: Lessons from Hamdan” and focuses on the ramifications of the Court’s decision last June on military tribunals and terrorism detainees (also currently a hot issue in Congress). Check the Supreme Court Talks webpage for more information on the series and for materials related to the talk. (Post – Stacy)

Legal History (Week of September 18)

Sept. 18, 1850 – Congress takes a step towards the Civil War.

Sept. 19, 1934 – Arrest in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.

Sept. 20, 1999 – Justice for the memory of James Byrd, Jr.

Sept. 21, 1998 – Jimmy Buffet and cheeseburgers.

Sept. 22, 1999 – Justice Department versus Big Tobacco.

Sept. 23, 1957 – Problems at Central High School.

Sept. 24, 1969 – Who are the Chicago Seven?

Get the whole scoop at the Tidbits of Interesting Legal History page. (Post – Stacy)

Prof. Siegel and the U.S. Supreme Court

The September 2006 issue of South Carolina Lawyer features an article by our own Professor Andy Siegel entitled, “A Tale of 2 Terms: A Transitional Year for the United States Supreme Court”.  Prof. Siegel first discusses the changes occuring with the two new Justices and then summarizes 25 key decisions from last year’s term.  Get your own copy and maybe he’ll even autograph it!  But don’t worry if you don’t have one, the library keeps them in the Law Periodicals section on the First Floor.  (Post – Stacy)

The U.S. Supreme Court

Speaking of the U.S. Supreme Court, which the law school is doing through its Understanding the Work of the Supreme Court Thursday Series this semester (12:45-2:00, Room 138, Sept. 21, October 12, and October 26), there are several websites that provide valuable information on the Court, its jurisdiction and procedures, the Justices, and their opinions. For biographies of the Supreme Court Justices, access to the Court’s docket, opinions, and oral argument transcripts, visit the U.S. Supreme Court’s website at . For a primer on Supreme Court procedures, summaries of cases before the court, and the full text of briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, check out the American Bar Association’s Supreme Court Preview site at . To listen to oral arguments of key Supreme Court cases, take a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building, and access full-text Supreme Court opinions, go to Northwestern University’s OYEZ project site at . To download audio of selected arguments before the Court, try the Oyez Supreme Court Podcast page at . (Post-Terrye)

Appellate Law Blawgs (blogs)

Here are two very good appellate Blawgs (Blogs). First, the South Carolina Appellate Law Blog, This is an excellent blog that gives you new South Carolina and 4th circuit cases in appellate law. It also has links to many of the good sites including, the SC Trial Law Blog, and the SCOTUS blog. (  Speaking of the SCOTUS blog, it is the second recommended blog.  This is a blog about the Supreme Court and its cases. It contains news releases, information, links to appellate law sites, including Oyez, which has audio recordings of the Supreme Court arguments.  Both are excellent appellate law sites.  Check them out!  (Post-del)  

Legal History (Week of September 11)

Sept. 11, 2000 –  Alvin the Chipmunk goes to court.

Sept. 12, 1977 – Black South African student leader dies in police custody.

Sept. 13, 1971 – AT-TI-CA!  AT-TI-CA!

Sept. 14, 1901 – President McKinley dies from anarchy.

Sept. 15, 1935 – Dark day for German Jews.

Sept. 17, 1787 – Signatures on the U.S. Constitution.

Get the whole scoop at the Tidbits of Interesting Legal History page. (Post – Stacy)