With a pair of simultaneously-released opinions this past June, the Supreme Court forced the federal government to extend benefits to same-sex spouses and, by nixing standing, made California one of the growing number of states to recognize same-sex marriages. Another controversial decision, from days earlier, has already led to multiple efforts to pass controversial voter identification laws.
And a decision, just last year, which upheld the Affordable Care Act, drastically altered our nation's healthcare system and led to the current showdown/shutdown of the federal government.
A single opinion by the Court, as the co-equal third branch of the government, can have immediate and long-lasting implications, and while in the old days, one would have to wait for newspaper articles or published volumes to hear the latest from The Nine, today, there is no delay.
Here are three great tech-enabled ways to follow the latest from our nation's highest court:
U.S. Supreme Court's Website
Yep, this one is a little bit obvious, but there really is no more accurate source than the primary source itself. The Court releases all of its orders and opinions in PDF format on its website. Of course, the opinions can often stretch hundreds of pages long. Unless you are a true fanatic, you might want to start with shorter secondary sources, such as ...
Twitter: A List of Valuable Tweeters
One hundred forty characters or less -- that's not nearly as daunting as 140 pages or so. We created a list of our favorite sources of Supreme Court news and opinion, from long-time reporters and news organizations, to highly-regarded blogs and bloggers. Speaking of blogs, if you're not a fan of short-form tweets ...
Bookmark the Blogs
Obviously, we're supremely obsessed with SCOTUS. We'd recommend following our U.S. Supreme Court blog to start.
Another great resource is SCOTUSblog, which has live chat sessions during major opinion release days, and blog posts from a variety of viewpoints previewing and reviewing the cases. Professor Josh Blackman, the founder of the Harlan Institute and FantasySCOTUS, also has a blog and a book dedicated to the court.
We hope these tech touches will let you stay on top of the latest from SCOTUS. Got a favorite we missed? Reach out and tweet us @FindLawLP.
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