Friday 31 January 2014

Supreme Court Records and Briefs 1832-1978

The Barco Law Library has added a new database to our collection.  Supreme Court Records and Briefs 1832-1978 is part of the Making of Modern Law series.  contains official court filings from the final years of the court’s fourth chief justice, John Marshall, through the first 10 years of the court’s 15th chief justice, Warren Earl Burger. Some cases consist of a few documents, while others may include dozens of documents. The collection does not include the Court’s rulings, opinions or decisions, but focuses on the legal documents and records presented to the court. includes famous briefs written by leading attorneys (many who later became judges and associates of the Court) such as Louis D. Brandeis, Abe Fortas, Thurgood Marshall and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It also contains briefs written by institutions, corporations, and advocacy groups, including NAACP, the ACLU and The New York Times, It covers cases whose landmark decisions have become an essential part of American law, politics and history including Dred Scott v. Sandford, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona and Roe v. Wade.