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Opinio Juris - August 2009

Scroll down to learn about the SCOTUSblog "Super Stat Pack," the NJL's 2009 Supreme Court Review, the Leadership Library database, and Chicago Anarchists on Trial: Evidence from the Haymarket Affair, 1886-1887.

SCOTUSblog “Super Stat Pack”

SCOTUSblog has released its end of term “Super Stat Pack.”  The Stat Pack includes one file containing all of the stats, charts, lists, and observations from the just-concluded Supreme Court Term (files may also be downloaded separately).  Visual representations of the voting lineups in each decisions are available as well as a summary memo “condensing the most interesting trends and data of this Term.” 

NJL’s 2009 Supreme Court Review

The online version of the National Law Journal’s 2009 U.S. Supreme Court Review is now available.  The annual piece “examines the numbers and trends that shaped the last term and will affect the term to come.”  Included in the online version is a nice PDF page, U.S. Supreme Court 2008-2009 Term by the Numbers, which includes data about lower court reversals, unanimous decisions, split decisions, and other voting information. 

Leadership Library Database

The Leadership Library (the online version of the Yellow Books) is a powerful person finding database. Users can search through multiple databases including congressional, federal, state, law firms, and corporate, among others, for personal contact information. Beyond searching by occupation or organization, users can search across organizations by alma mater, degree type, job subject and more. From the results, users can build lists and export them into Excel. The information available varies, but can include phone numbers, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, staff names and other contact information.  The Leadership Library can be accessed on or off campus with the Moritz password.  The password for the database can be obtained here for Moritz users (with proper authentication).

Evidence from the Haymarket Affair

Chicago Anarchists on Trial: Evidence from the Haymarket Affair, 1886-1887, contains more than 3,800 images of original manuscripts, broadsides, photographs, prints and artifacts relating to the Haymarket Affair. The collection includes “primary source materials pertaining to the May 4, 1886, meeting and bombing; to the trial, conviction, and subsequent appeals of those accused of inciting the bombing; to the execution of four of the convicted, and to the later pardon of the remaining defendants.”  The original materials are owned by the Chicago History Museum and were digitized through an award from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition.