Welcome to Contemporary Supreme Court Cases
Please read the syllabus in full before the first class — it is long but you will need to be across all of this information. The first 2 pages are the syllabus, the following 7 pages are the proposed schedule — the first class is your opportunity to shape this schedule.
First week’s class materials:
1. Read the brief descriptions in the syllabus and look at the rest of this Term’s cases and be prepared to discuss them. Also think about which classes you want to volunteer to lead.
2. Listen to the More Perfect podcast on a paper developed in this class
3. Read Tim Johnson, Paul Wahlbeck & Jim Spriggs: The Influence of Oral Arguments on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Slides for our first class:
If you would like, you can send me your presentation slides to post here; this avoids having to hook up your own computer to the sometimes unreliable classroom technology.
Here are the ScotusOA predictons for cases NOT written up on ScotusOA.com. Note that these are raw numbers — on ScotusOA.com, we always interpret the numbers, as we believe in something as specific as an individual case prediction, the noise in the data is very high. I provide these for you, please do not share outiside the class.
These are examples of very good presentations — yours does not need to be so long:
These are examples of A+ papers: