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Tuesday, July 26, 2011



The Oyez Project and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law launched OyezToday in the Spring -- a new iPhone app full of information and media related to the current Supreme Court docket  (press release).  OyezToday is free and available through the App Store.

Even someone like me -- one of the few people left who does not own a cell phone  -- was so impressed with its promised versatility and convenience that I posted a web link to it on my con law TWEN site.

Posted by Thomas Baker on July 26, 2011 at 07:00 AM | Permalink


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But Denis, didn't you work for West Publishing? The company in the business of headnoting cases?

Your more general point is well taken, however. Reducing the debate over abortion to bumper stickers ("pro-choice" versus "pro-life")is reductio ad absurdum. See generally the current debate in Congress over the debt ceiling. Nino Scalia once remarked, "we live in a vulgar age." Indeed.

Posted by: Thomas E. Baker | Jul 27, 2011 12:40:21 PM

Some people read these documents and use these apps on an iPad table computer. I think that probably doesn't disrespect the Gravity of the Law.

Posted by: WPB | Jul 27, 2011 12:13:58 PM

You know maybe this kind of thing goes to far. Some things are just not suited for "the short form". What is readable on my cell phone is insufficient to the subject. You cannot Tweet an adequate summery of the video games case. You cannot summarize the debate surrounding abortion in a bumper sticker and we give a profoundly incorrect impression of the gravity of such matters when we succumb to this.

Posted by: Denis Hauptly | Jul 27, 2011 11:45:27 AM

The only other app I know about is PocketJustice. Here is the description:

"PocketJustice brings the U.S. Supreme Court down to earth through abstracts of the Court's constitutional decisions and access to its public sessions. The application includes voting alignments and biographical sketches for all justices. PocketJustice harnesses recordings of the Court's public proceedings to deliver hundreds of hours of oral arguments and opinion announcements. In many of these cases, PocketJustice provides synchronized, searchable transcripts identifying all speakers. This version offers information and audio for the top 100 constitutional law cases. The complete version ($ 4.99) provides information and audio for all 600+ constitutional law cases in the Supreme Court canon."

Here is the link:


Posted by: Thomas E. Baker | Jul 26, 2011 9:36:18 AM

Does anybody know if there is a SCOTUS-related app that contains the briefs and similar info? Could download them all manually from SCOTUSBlog, but I wondered if there was something more convenient.

Posted by: WPB | Jul 26, 2011 9:30:11 AM

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