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 3 pages are the syllabus, including answers to most of your likely questions. The following 7 pages are the proposed schedule—the first class is your opportunity to shape this schedule.

Syllabus: Syllabus CSCC Spring 2019

Final case list: Case List CSCC Spring 2020 Jan 23 Final

Office Hours: Wed. 1:303:30 PM, or by appointment, in R329

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 class you want to volunteer to lead.

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

3. Read one or both of these two articles:

a. Tonja Jacobi & Matthew Sag, Taking Laughter Seriously at the Supreme Court, 72 Vanderbilt Law Review 1423 (2019)

b. Tonja Jacobi and Matthew Sag, The New Oral Argument: Justices as Advocates, 94 Notre Dame Law Review 1161-1253 (2019)      

Slides for class:

CSCC Intro class 2020

Sotomayor and Katyal in Romag

Predictions (quantitative only):

Romag v Fossil


These are examples of A+ presentations — yours does not need to be so long:

Lamone v. Benisek PowerPoint Exemplar

Navarette v CA Exemplar CSCC Presentation

NLRB v SW General Presentation exemplar slides

Mendez Powerpoint Exemplar

Class v. United States  Exemplar

These are examples of A+ papers:

CSCC oral argument impact 3 credit paper

CSCC Paper – Role of Oral Arg

CSCC A+ Paper – Agenda

CSCC Paper – decision-making

CSCC A+ 2017 The Use and Effectiveness of Analogy in Supreme Court Oral Argument

CSCC hypotheticals paper A+

CSCC laughter paper A+

CSCC rebuttal paper A+