Contemporary Supreme Court Cases

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.

CSCC 2018 case list final


Here are the links to the first week’s class materials:

1. Read the brief descriptions below and the rest of this Term’s cases and be prepared to discuss them. Also think about which classes you want to volunteer to lead. They are available here:

2. Listen to the More Perfect podcast on a paper developed in this class:

3. Tim Johnson, Paul Wahlbeck & Jim Spriggs: The Influence of Oral Arguments on the U.S. Supreme Court. Available here:


Our slides for our first class:

CSCC Intro class 2018


Other slides:


Currier v Virginia Presentation – Dutkowski


Oral Arguments Jacobi JDPhD students 2018


These are examples of very good presentations — yours does not need to be so long:

Exemplar CSCC Presentation

NLRB v SW General Presentation exemplar slides

Mendez Powerpoint



These are examples of A+ papers:

CSCC oral argument 3 credit paper

Supreme Court Cases Paper 3credit

CSCC – Paper – Orals

Contemporary SCOTUS Paper – Agenda

CSCC Paper – decision-making