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FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER
By law, the Term of the United States Supreme Court begins on the first Monday in October---this year that falls on Monday, October 6, 2003---and the Term continues until the first Monday in October of the following year. According to the Supreme Court’s official website, at http://www.supremecourtus.gov/, there are approximately 8,000 petitions filed during the course of a typical Term, not counting approximately 1,200 applications that can be disposed of by individual Justices. Some of the important issues the Court will be deciding during this term include:
The gold standard for Supreme Court news and analysis is BNA’s United States Law Week (USLW) at KF105.1 .U5 (current issues in Reference Office and Reference Area; older issues in Classified Stacks). Another important resource for Supreme Court news is the Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, which can be found in the Reference Office at KF101.1 P7. In this monthly (September through April) newsletter, legal scholars analyze all cases given plenary review by the Court during the current Term. The Preview is also available online, through both LexisNexis (PRE-VU) and Westlaw (SCT-PREVIEW) and on the Internet at http://www.abanet.org/publiced/preview/home.html.
Needless to say, there is a wide assortment of online Supreme Court resources.
Query: There were fifteen 5-to-4 cases decided by the Supreme Court in the 2002-2003 Term. Of those, on how many were Justices Rehnquist, O’Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas aligned? The first person to give the right answer to a Reference Librarian has the honor and good fortune of winning this school year’s first fabulous Trivia Prize. Good luck!