The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments (Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, & Developments)

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The Supreme Court Compendium is the only reference that presents historical and statistical information on every important aspect of the U.S. Supreme Court, including its history, development as an institution, the justices’ backgrounds, nominations and confirmations, and the Court’s relationship with the public and other governmental and judicial bodies.

Readers will also find:

· An institutional overview of the Court’s history, including a chronology of important events dating back to 1787

· Detailed background information on all of the justices

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About the Author:

Lee Epstein received her PhD from Emory University. She is the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law at Washington University of St. Louis. She is the author of 'Conservatives in Court' (1985) and the co-author of 'The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments' (1994); 'Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Institutional Powers and Constraints' (1992);'Constitutional Law for A Changing America: Rights, Liberties and Justice: A Short Course' (1996);'The Choices Justices Make' (1998);'The Supreme Court of the United States: An Introduction' (1993);'The Supreme Court and Legal Change: Abortion and the Death Penalty' (1992);'Public Interest Law Sourcebook: An Annotated Bibliography and Research Guide' (1992) and 'Public Interest Law Groups' (1989), as well as various journal articles and chapters in edited volumes. Epstein serves on the board of multiple Political Science Associations and has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation, the Center for New Institutional Social Science, the Business, Law, and Economics Center at Washington University, Southern Methodist University, and the Earhart Foundation. Southern Methodist University awarded her the Margareta Deschner Teaching Award in 1988 and the Rotunda Teaching Award in 1988 and 1991. She has also been named Professor of the Year, 2000 by Washington University's Undergraduate Political Science Association; Faculty of the Year, 2000 by the Washington University Student Union and Outstanding Faculty Member, 1999 by Washington University s Women s Panhellenic Association.

Jeffrey A. Segal (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Political Science Department Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University. He has recently been Senior Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. He has also been Global Research Fellow at New York University's Hauser Global Law School Program and Fellow of the Law and Social Sciences Program at Northwestern University. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the New York State Assembly. Segal is the author of eight books, including SENATE ELECTIONS (1992, with Alan Abramowitz) and ADVICE AND CONSENT: THE POLITICS OF JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS (2005, with Lee Epstein). He teaches undergraduate courses on American Government, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, and Supreme Court Decision Making. He has received several awards, including Green Bag's award for Exemplary Legal Writing (2008) and an award sponsored by the American Bar Association for innovative teaching and instructional methods (2008). In 2012, Segal was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Thomas G. Walker is the Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science at Emory University, where he teaches courses in constitutional law and the judicial process. He is the coauthor of A Court Divided (1988), with Deborah Barrow, which won the V. O. Key, Jr. Award for the best book on southern politics, and the Constitutional Law for a Changing America series, with Lee Epstein. He is also author of Eligible for Execution: The Story of the Daryl Atkins Case (2009).

Harold J. Spaeth is a professor of political science at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He is author or co-author of sixteen books, including Stare Indecisis: The Alteration of Precedent on the Supreme Court, 1946 1992 with Saul Brenner, The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model Revisited with Jeffrey A. Segal, and Majority Rule or Minority Will with Jeffrey A. Segal. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association and served as principal investigator of the United States Supreme Court Judicial Databases.

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Most reference guides to the U.S. Supreme Court concentrate on narratives of the cases. First published in 1994, this updated edition focuses on statistical- and historical-data comparisons of cases, opinions, justices, and courts. Much of the data comes from the Supreme Court Database and is organized in a way that makes it accessible to researchers. There are nine chapters containing tables of information on the history of the court; individual justices; the political and legal environments, especially in the last century; public opinion; and the court’s impact on public policy. Each chapter begins with an essay explaining the purpose of the tables in that chapter, and each table is followed by explanatory notes. A fairly extensive bibliography, arranged by chapter, rounds out the book. This is not a reference to casually dip into and read, though the charts comparing the backgrounds of every Supreme Court justice (birthplace, family status, religious affiliation, ethnic background, parents’ occupation, etc.) were interesting. The work is really designed for the researcher looking for information comparing specific historical and current statistics on the court in a succinct and efficient way, and that has been accomplished. Recommended for libraries where there is interest in the Supreme Court. --Elaine Lindstrom

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