Friday, June 26, 2009

Supreme Knowledge

With the nomination of Sonia Maria Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, kids (and some adults!) may want to familiarize themselves with the U.S. Supreme Court via the new Our Courts Web site - its members, how it works, the three branches of government, tribal government and state resources. The site also provides teacher resources that cover the teaching of civics.

Other Web sites that cover the U.S. Supreme Court:
  • Supreme Court of the U.S. - The official site provides general information, opinions, term orders, argument calendar, schedules, court rules, bar admission forms and instructions, case-handling guides, special notices, biographies of current and past justices, architectural details, and press releases. Includes a search engine for finding documents.

  • Oyez.org - "The OYEZ Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality 'tour' of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices."

  • Supreme Court Historical Society - Dedicated to the "preservation and dissemination of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States," this site provides a history of the Court (including data on past and present justices), a description of the Court process, and a guide to researching the Court.
Also be sure to check out resources in the library's online catalog and LegalTrac, the online database that's free with your library card.

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