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An Unusual Journal Entry

Over the past few days, I’ve been gathering information from old editions of the Journal of the Supreme Court (not to be confused with the Journal of the Supreme Court History). On page 252 of the journal for OT 1969, the Court recorded the following comments noting Justice Hugo Black’s 84th birthday: This is certainly [...]

Average Age (1800-2010)

I’ve posted a PDF of the Court’s average age at the beginning of every term from 1800-present. The ages were taken on the first Monday in October of each year and the date of birth data comes from the fabulous Supreme Court Compendium data set. DW_average_age.pdf

Using the still-fabulous Supreme Court Compendium data set, I’ve thrown together a chart plotting the ages of each Justice at retirement. I didn’t have to make many judgment calls and the data really speaks for itself. You can click on the image for a larger view. Enjoy! Ages at retirement (.pdf)

Using the fabulous data provided by Lee Epstein as part of the updated Supreme Court Compendium data, I was able to plot the age of Supreme Court nominees at nomination. As it turns out, the ages were pretty varied and there was only a weak trend over the past 220 years. Click on the image [...]

For one reason or another, it looks like I forgot to post my updated advocate scorecard for the decade at the end of the last term. Originally published in 2009, it shows the number of times that notable advocates have argued in the last decade, beginning in October 2000 and ending April 2010. If you [...]

The Supreme Court announced today that it will now release audio recordings of oral arguments at the conclusion of each argument week. This is great news for those of us interested in listening to the oral arguments while the cases are still fresh and oral arguments are still pertinent.

In addition to the orders from its long conference, the Court released new circuit assignments. Circuit Justice DC Chief Justice Roberts Fed. Chief Justice Roberts First Justice Breyer Second Justice Ginsburg Third Justice Alito Forth Chief Justice Roberts Fifth Justice Scalia Sixth Justice Kagan Seventh Justice Kagan Eigth Justice Alito Ninth Justice Kennedy Tenth Justice [...]

I’ve been pillaging the Supreme Court’s website in search of PDFs that I can archive for future reference. Using the Court’s website and the wayback machine, I’ve collected the following packs. Note that OT09 selections are necessarily incomplete because the term is technically ongoing. I’ve included the sets individually below, but brave souls may wish [...]

Updated Most of you know that the Court hears cases during two-week sessions every month from October to April. During most sessions, the Court will hear 8-12 cases and majority opinion assignments are distributed equally for each session. In other words, if there are nine cases for the October session, each justice will write one [...]

Updated Term Stats

Term Index Vote Breakdown Vote Breakdown Stats — You can see from the Term Index that Justice Stevens is the most likely author of the majority opinion in Bilski.



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