From the origins of the court to modern practical matters—including the federal judiciary system, the Supreme Court’s session schedule, and the argument, decision, and appeal process—this resource provides detailed answers on all aspects of the Supreme Court. Exploring the social, cultural, and political atmosphere in which judges are nominated and serve, this guide book answers questions such as
When did the tradition of nine justices on the bench begin?
When did the practice of hiring law clerks to assist with legal research and writing begin? and
How do cases reach the Supreme Court?
Details on historic decisions—including Marbury v. Madison, Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona, and Bush v. Gore—accompany a thorough history of all 17 Supreme Court Chief Justices.
David L. Hudson
David L. Hudson is a first-amendment scholar for the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. He is a contributing editor to the American Bar Association’s Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases and the author of The Rehnquist Court. He lives in Smyrna, Tennessee.