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Opinio Juris - April 2012

Scroll down to read about the Supreme Court Compendium online edition, Bloomberg Law's incorporation of BNA content, Ethics.Data.gov, federal budget "infographics" from the Congressional Budget Office, and FantasySCOTUS health care case predictions. For information on other topics, see the Moritz Legal Information Blog and the Moritz Law Library Facebook page.

Supreme Court Compendium Online Edition

The Moritz Law Library recently acquired access to the online edition of the Supreme Court Compendium, a CQ Press publication edited by USC Law's Lee Epstein and others. This resource provides nearly 200 tables of historical and statistical information on the U.S. Supreme Court. Users can conduct full-text searches of the resource's content or browse the various chapters covering such topics as caseload, outcome trends, Justice background, post-confirmation activity, Justice votes, and public opinion. Much of the statistical information is downloadable and can be exported to Excel as a spreadsheet. The Supreme Court Compendium is accessible on-campus or off-campus with OSU authentication.

Bloomberg Law Incorporates BNA Content

Bloomberg Law has begun incorporating the secondary source content of Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), acquired by Bloomberg last year. Content available under the "Legal Analysis & News" tab includes:

  • BNA Reports, covering the latest developments in areas such as labor and employment, tax and accounting, intellectual property, and health care.
  • BNA Portfolios, offering practitioner guidance in areas such as accounting rules and disclosures, corporate practice, and foreign income.
  • BNA Manuals, providing primary source material and analysis in such areas as affirmative action compliance, disabilities law, fair employment practices, and occupational safety.

Under the "Litigation & Dockets" tab, Bloomberg also includes BNA Headnotes & Classfication Outlines, which organize certain areas of law by topic and allow searching or browsing of case headnotes within each topic.


The White House recently launched Ethics.Data.gov, a site where visitors can search various ethics-related data sets. There are currently seven available sets: (1) lobbying disclosure reports, (2) individual donations over $200 to committees registered with the FEC, (3) records of committees registered with the FEC, (4) FEC candidate records, (5) White House visitor records requests, (6) agency travel reports submitted to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE), and (7) Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) records. Multiple options are available for sharing, exporting, and visualizing the data retrieved. The White House plans to make additional data sets accessible on the Ethics.Data.gov site in the future.

Federal Budget "Infographics" from CBO

The Congressional Budget Office recently released new "infographics" on the federal budget including separate displays for federal revenues, mandatory spending, and discretionary spending. These releases provide a more detailed view of the budget, expanding on the CBO's federal budget overview released in December. These releases are part of the CBO's effort to make budgetary information more accessible. Over the past few months, CBO has also released "infographics" on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the outlook of the budget and economy as of January 2012, and historical statistics and projections on Social Security.

FantasySCOTUS Health Care Case Predictions

FantasySCOTUS.net, "the Internet's Premier Supreme Court Fantasy League," includes a "prediction tracker" showing fantasy league players' real-time predictions of the outcome of the health care case. While there is a consensus for three out of the four legal questions, predictors are divided as to the much-debated "individual mandate" question. Just over half of players predicted that the mandate would be upheld in mid-January, though current figures show just shy of 54 percent predicting unconstitutionality. Read more about the league here. See also this related article by several authors including the site's creator.