Who: Allow me to dork out for a moment on this: a blog dedicated to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). It’s name? SCOTUSblog.
What: It’s a blog that lets non-poli-sci majors like me keep track of Supreme Court decisions. It also provides a reference resource, a list of case histories and even has a detailed calendar of what the SCOTUS has planned for each day. For example, did you know that on Nov. 29, a petitioner’s brief is due in Ashcroft v. al-Kidd? Can you believe that? That’s amazing! At least I think it is…to be honest, I have no idea what Ashcroft v. al-Kidd is, but you know what? SCOTUSblog does. And they’ll tell you…FOR FREE.
When: It was founded in 2002 by Tom Goldstein and Amy Howe, a married couple who are also lawyers. Lyle Denniston, a journalist, joined them a few years later. As of 2010, more than twenty people either work on the blog or write for it.
Why: Because it’s just cool and also bloody helpful. If you want to keep an eye on the Supreme Court this is the way to do it. What’s the coolest feature? “This Week at the Court.” It’s on the main page, next to the calendar. Because of SCOTUSblog, I now know that the court will not be hearing any oral arguments this week.