Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2005-11-01

The Supremes

One of the best things about going to law school: I was then a federal judicial law clerk for the late Hon. Joseph L. McGlynn, Jr., of the the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. It was fascinating, educational, and fun.

So with all the Supreme Court buzz going on, here are some resources:

Best book about the Supreme Court is The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong.

Best look at the stories behind the cases is In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action by Ellen Alderman and Caroline Kennedy.

Favorite movie set in the Supreme Court is Walter Matthau and Jill Clayburgh in First Monday in October.

Oyez, with Supreme Court multimedia, has a good bit of information about the Supreme Court, including podcasts. I also like findlaw's Supreme Court center.

One strong recommendation if you're looking into judges and cases: read the opinion. Do not rely on anyone summarizing that opinion. Most newspapers do not do a good job of relating what a case actually holds. For example, a denial of cert is not a judgment. MSN Encarta's article is fairly straightforward in how the court works.

I was surprised at how many Supreme Court trivia spots were about. Court TV looks up to date. Also The Washington Post, from a year ago.

It's been almost five years since I've done anything law related, so if you have any books, movies, or sites you like, please let me know!

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