The U.S. Supreme Court – Past, Present, and Future

U.S. Supreme Court Times Topic PageA recent article, “Down the Memory Hole,” by Linda Greenhouse at the New York Times anticipates the release of former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s papers. Justice Stewart retired in 1981 and gave his papers to Yale but “stipulated that the files from his 23-year Supreme Court tenure would become available only when none of his fellow justices remained on the bench.” When Justice John Paul Stevens retires from the bench (probably in the near future) this requirement will be filled.

While Greenhouse, who teaches at Yale Law School, looks forward to the release of Justice Stewart’s papers, she laments the 50-year hold Justice David H. Souter has placed on his papers. Read all of “Down the Memory Hole” for her thoughts on the consequences of this.

Times Topics
Finding Greenhouse’s article (which will appear in Thursday’s What We’re Reading post) led to some internet wandering for more Supreme Court news and resources. Since the article was in the New York Times, take a look at the U.S. Supreme Court Times Topics page. Here you’ll find a wealth of Supreme Court information and news, gleaned from the pages of the Times.

For instance, you’ll find:

Lesson Plans
While the Times Topics page is an excellent resource for current news on the Supreme Court, history teachers may be interested in lesson plans with a more historical perspective. Below we’ve compiled a number of plans from EDSITEment and the National History Education Clearinghouse.

EDSITEment
Supreme Court themed lesson plan:

National History Education Clearinghouse Blog

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