Saturday, November 13, 2010

Researching U.S. Supreme Court Materials and Oral Arguments

US Supreme Court The Oyez Project, a multimedia archive devoted to the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States, is moving its website to IIT Chicago Kent.  The site aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the U.S. Supreme Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.

The site's archive of digitized arguments allows users to search for key terms relevant to their research. A search for a particular term, such as "strict scrutiny" or "substantive due process," yields a list of snippets from case transcripts that link to the corresponding audio recording.  The new version will have identification of the speakers as they speak.

"No other site boasts such functionality," said Chicago-Kent Dean Harold J. Krent. "With the Oyez Project, Chicago-Kent leverages the power of the Internet to deliver a unique legal resource to students, scholars, lawyers, jurists, legislators, teachers and countless others who are interested in the dynamics of the U.S. Supreme Court."

Founded and directed by political scientist Jerry Goldman, the Oyez website also provides written summaries of Supreme Court cases and holdings, links to the written opinions, detailed biographies and voting records of Supreme Court justices, and a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building.

The site will soon make its content widely accessible to mobile users via apps for iPads and other handheld devices. iPhone apps for selected content are already available.

Chicago-Kent plans to utilize the research of its students and faculty in further content development. "Bringing Oyez to Chicago-Kent allows us to expand our initiatives at the forefront of law and technology," said Dean Krent. "It also presents a valuable opportunity for our law school to reach out to a larger community and for our students to work on Supreme Court projects knowing that their work will be viewed far and wide."

(From a news release from IIT-Chicago Kent)
Hat tip to Ralph Brill

Click here to visit the Oyez Project.


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