Aspen Publishing

The Supreme Court Sourcebook

Richard H. Seamon, Andrew Siegel, Joseph Thai, Kathryn Watts


  • ISBN: 9781454806097

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  • Description

    The Supreme Court Sourcebook provides carefully selected, edited, and analyzed materials on the Court, including academic literature, historical materials, internal court documents, Court filings, and judicial opinions. The flexible organization suits a variety of courses. An online component keeps the book current and interesting, with ready-to-use materials in pending cases for advocacy and opinion-writing simulations. The combined package gives professors a turnkey solution for teaching a theoretical course (examination of the Supreme Court as an institution), a hands-on course (simulations of oral argument and opinion writing in pending cases), or any custom combination in between. All of the authors have significant Supreme Court experience: Seamon served with now Chief Justice John Roberts in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General, representing the U.S. in cases before the Court; Siegel clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens; Thai clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens and Justice Byron R. White; and Watts clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens.

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    Page Count 720
    Published 05/14/2013
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    Summary of Contents

    Ch. 1. A Supreme Court
    Ch. 2. Justices
    Ch. 3. Jurisdiction
    Ch. 4. Certiorari
    Ch. 5. Written Advocacy
    Ch. 6. Oral Argument
    Ch. 7. Deciding Cases
    Ch. 8. Contemporary Issues Facing the Court

    Appendix A Jurisdictional Statutes
    Appendix B Supreme Court Rules
    Appendix C Supreme Court Guide for Counsel
    Appendix D Research Resources on the Court

  • Author Information

    Richard Seamon

    Professor Seamon joined the University of Idaho in 2004, having previously taught at the University of South Carolina School of Law and Washington and Lee Law School. He teaches Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, and Federal Courts. He also served as the associate dean for administration and students from 2006-2009.

    Before he became a law professor, Professor Seamon practiced law for about ten years. In 1986, he clerked for Kenneth W. Starr on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Later, he worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm Covington & Burling, and he served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. While at the Justice Department, Professor Seamon presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in fifteen cases.

    Professor Seamon has written two books on administrative law and many law review articles on issues of constitutional law and other public law subjects.

    Professor Seamon received his J.D. from Duke Law School and holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. He graduated from law school as a member of Order of the Coif and from college as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is also an elected member of the American Law Institute.

    Joseph Thai

    Professor Joseph Thai joined the law faculty in 2003. He teaches Supreme Court decision making, First Amendment, criminal procedure, and criminal law. Thai has served as law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens and Justice Byron White of the Supreme Court, as well as Judge David Ebel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Prior to joining the law faculty, Thai practiced in the Office of the Attorney General in Massachusetts and GableGotwals in Oklahoma. He currently engages in pro bono litigation on constitutional matters.

    Thai frequently comments in local and national media on constitutional law and the Supreme Court. He also co-created and runs Crimprof Multipedia (opens in new window), an online multimedia teaching resource for criminal law and procedure professors worldwide.

    In 2005, and again in 2008, Thai was named the outstanding faculty member of the College of Law by its students. In 2005, Thai was also named the university-wide outstanding faculty member by students across campus. In 2007, he received the President's Associates Presidential Professorship.

    Kathryn Watts

    Professor Kathryn A. Watts, who joined the faculty in 2007, teaches administrative law, constitutional law and Supreme Court decision making. She currently serves as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, and she was recently selected to serve as the Garvey Schubert Barer Professor of Law. Her scholarship has been published in a variety of top journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Northwestern University Law Review. In addition, she is a two-time recipient of the Philip A. Trautman Professor of the Year Award given by the student body.

    Professor Watts earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, where she earned the John Paul Stevens Prize for Academic Excellence for graduating first in her class and the Raoul Berger Prize for her senior research paper on the history of general rulemaking grants. Professor Watts clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Professor Watts' research focuses on the interaction between federal courts and other governmental actors, with a particular emphasis on interaction between the judiciary and administrative agencies. She also writes about U.S. Supreme Court decision making.

    Andrew Siegel

    Professor Andrew Siegel is a tenured Associate Professor at the Seattle University School of Law. He joined the law school in the fall of 2007, after five years teaching at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Before entering the legal academy, Professor Siegel served as a law clerk to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court and practiced as a litigation associate in the New York office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.

    Professor Siegel graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, has a master's degree in history from Princeton University, and graduated summa cum laude and first in his class from New York University School of Law, where he was also an Executive Editor of the New York University Law Review.

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