Monday, October 5, 2009
Happy First Monday in October, the traditional start of the new term for the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Sonia Sotomayor has joined the bench, replacing Justice Souter who served on the Court for 19 years. Other blogs (but not us) are speculating that this "First Monday" may be Justice Stevens' last.
One of my writing colleagues at The John Marshall Law School assigns a U.S. Supreme Court case to her first semester students as a writing exercise. The students read the briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, listen to the recorded arguments, and draft a decision before the Supreme Court issues its decision. (The students are VERY happy when they correctly predict the outcome of the case.) It seems to me to be a difficult assignment for a first semester student, but my colleague assures me that the students rise to the challenge and do a very good job at it. So with that assurance, we pass along that teaching tip to you and wish you again a Happy First Monday in October.