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Analysis of the 2016-2017 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2016 - 2017

The Supreme Court opened its 2016 term on the traditional First Monday in October with one seat vacant and a lighter than usual calendar of cases teed up for argument and decision ov . . .

Analysis of the 2015-2016 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2015 - 2016

Both sides in the emotional debate on abortion were massed on the sidewalks in front of the Supreme Court plaza on the morning of June 27, 2016, as the justices inside prepared to issue the last three . . .

Analysis of the 2014-2015 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2014 - 2015

Jim Obergefell was there in the courtroom when Supreme Court justices heard the landmark same-sex marriage case bearing his name. Obergefell was one of thirty plaintiffs in all, from f . . .

Analysis of the 2013-2014 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2013 - 2014

Politics, religion, and law mixed as demonstrators crowded the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court building on June 30, the final decision day of the Court’s 2013-2014 term. . . .

Analysis of the 2012-2013 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2012 - 2013

The crowd in front of the Supreme Court plaza on the morning of June 26 resembled nothing more than a gay pride rally. Gay men, lesbians, and their straight allies, surely many more th . . .

Analysis of the 2011-2012 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2011 - 2012

Raucous crowds massed early in front of the Supreme Court plaza on the morning of June 28, 2012, as the justices prepared to announce their decision on the Court’s most closely watched, most pol . . .

Analysis of the 2010-2011 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2010 - 2011

Betty Dukes took a few days off from her job as a “greeter” at the Wal-Mart store in her hometown of Pittsburg, California, to go to Washington, D.C., in March 2011 to attend Supreme Court . . .

Analysis of the 2009-2010 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2009 - 2010

Elena Kagan could not have picked a more challenging assignment for her first argument in an appellate court. Less than four months after being confirmed as solicitor general of the United States, Kag . . .

Analysis of the 2008-2009 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2008 - 2009

From the start, Sonia Sotomayor’s admirers and detractors agreed that her life and career embodied an American success story: a rise from humble beginnings to the top of the legal profession. Bu . . .

Analysis of the 2007-2008 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2007 - 2008

Combatants on opposing sides of the gun wars gathered in front of the Supreme Court plaza early on the morning of June 26, 2008, to await an historic ruling on the scope of the Second Amendment’ . . .

Analysis of the 2006-2007 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2006 - 2007

The maroon curtains behind the Supreme Court bench parted promptly at 10 o'clock on the morning of June 28, 2007. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. led the way as he and the eight other justices took . . .

Analysis of the 2005-2006 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2005 - 2006

By Kenneth Jost . . .

Analysis of the 2004-2005 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2004 - 2005

By Kenneth Jost . . .

Analysis of the 2003-2004 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2003 - 2004

By Kenneth Jost . . .

Analysis of the 2002-2003 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2002 - 2003

By Kenneth Jost . . .

Analysis of the 2001-2002 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2001 - 2002

June 1973: Republican Richard Nixon is president, though some of his closest aides and advisers are awaiting trial on charges of covering up the Watergate break-in. Democrats control both houses of Co . . .

Analysis of the 2000-2001 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
2000 - 2001

Election Night, November 7, 2000. Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore have fought down to the wire for the presidency of the United States. More than 101 million Americans have voted, but t . . .

Analysis of the 1999-2000 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
1999 - 2000

Abortion. Gay rights. Aid to parochial schools. School prayer. Violence against women. Police interrogation. Campaign finance. Tobacco. Grandparents' rights. Hate crimes. . . .

Analysis of the 1998-1999 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
1998 - 1999

The opinion of the Court in number 98-436, Alden against Maine, will be announced by Justice Kennedy.” The Supreme Court of the United States was about to announce its last decisions for the 199 . . .

Analysis of the 1997-1998 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
1997 - 1998

Beth Ann Faragher, Kimberly Ellerth, and Joseph Oncale came from different parts of the country and different backgrounds. They had never met, but they shared a common experience. All three said they . . .

Analysis of the 1996-1997 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
1996 - 1997

President Bill Clinton was at the top of his form. He had just negotiated an agreement with Republican congressional leaders that promised to balance the federal budget in five years. The economy was . . .

Analysis of the 1995-1996 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
1995 - 1996

Bob Dole cinched the Republican presidential nomination early in the 1996 primary season and began testing themes he hoped to use in the fall campaign. So in April, he turned to a topic that had . . .

Analysis of the 1994-1995 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
1994 - 1995

Affirmative action was one of the country's hottest political issues at the start of 1995. The Supreme Court had helped stir the controversy by agreeing in the fall to hear a white contractor's challe . . .

Analysis of the 1993-1994 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
1993 - 1994

Stephen Breyer had a bad year—at least a few bad days—in 1993. First came the bicycle accident. The longtime federal appellate judge, who regularly biked between his work at the U.S. court . . .

Analysis of the 1992-1993 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
1992 - 1993

Twenty-six years had passed since the last time a Democratic president appointed a member of the United States Supreme Court. The politics of the country—and the Court—had changed dramatic . . .

Analysis of the 1991-1992 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
1991 - 1992

Moreso than at any other time in the history of the Supreme Court, the justices are confronting issues involving family problems and lifestyle questions. A generation ago the Court was known for takin . . .

Analysis of the 1990-1991 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
1990 - 1991

Clarence Thomas, President George Bush's choice to succeed Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court, was poised to win confirmation in early October 1991. But two days before the Senate vote was schedul . . .

Analysis of the 1989-1990 Term, Encyclopedia Entry
1989 - 1990

Less was known about David H. Souter than any other Supreme Court nominee in the past quarter-century. So said Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Joseph R. Biden, Jr., when the committee was consider . . .

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