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The U.S. Supreme Court 2.0 – SCOTUS Requests a Website Redesign


As noted on SCOTUSblog, the U.S. Supreme Court has submitted a proposal to bring the U.S. Supreme Court Website in-house, from its current home at the Government Printing Office. The proposal itself (.pdf) is quaintly entertaining.

The Court’s current Website at GPO is nine years old.

Pardon me as I clean up the coffee I spit all over my monitor. That’s about 810 people-years.

The system is outdated and must be upgraded to more current technology (both hardware and software) regardless of whether it remains at GPO or is brought into the Court.

You don’t say.

In 2002, the Court deployed an Internet network for web browsing, and in 2004 the Court expanded and upgraded the infrastructure and capacities for web services and Internet-based email.

An Internet network for web browsing…. in 2002… my, my, the l33ts on the Rehnquist court.

Use of the Court’s Website continues to expand. In January 2009, there were 18,765,000 successful “hits” to the site. This is a 100% increase over January 2008. Over the years, as Internet technology has evolved, the public has increasingly sought more web-based information about the Court in a more timely fashion. The Court has determined that it can best meet those requests by moving its Website in-house and integrating it more closely with its other activities. That transfer will enable the Court to better control and manage the Website and to be able to expand the data and services provided by the site more efficiently.

As much as I might like to see what the Supreme Court website would look like under a Carl Malamud-run GPO, this is probably the natural evolution to a Court willing to do more on the web. I welcome SCOTUS 2.0.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Sitting at the University of Houston, November 3rd

University of Houston Law Center

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be sitting at the University of Houston Law Center on November 3rd, 2009. According to the Court’s calendar, the following cases will be heard:

Panel K: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 10:00 A.M., The University of Houston Law Center

  • 2008-1288 DCT MBO LABS V BECTON [argued]
  • 2009-3104 MSPB RACHAL V MSPB [argued]
  • 2009-1210 BCA BEYLEY CONSTRUCTION V ARMY [argued]
  • 2009-1270 PTO IN RE CHAPMAN [argued]
  • 2009-3193 MSPB KNIGHT V MSPB [on the briefs]

Panel L: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 10:00 A.M., The University of Houston Law Center

  • 2008-1418 DCT HUMAN GENOME V IMMUNEX [argued]
  • 2009-3155 MSPB ARMSTRONG V TREASURY [argued]
  • 2009-3200 MSPB GIBSON-MICHAELS V FDIC [on the briefs]

More information is available at the University of Houston Law Center Website

Cartoon: How Innocent Can You Afford to Be?

This would be funnier if there weren’t some truth to it. Read the rest of this entry »

Just Doing My Part to Deforest the Earth…


Our bound copies of all the issues we worked on at the Houston Law Review arrived today. Although I still love to hit the stacks in the library, I cannot remember the last time I went down there for a journal article. Grabbing it off of HeinOnline and SSRN are just too easy, searchable PDFs of the same pages far too convenient.

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TED Talks: Jonathan Zittrain, The Web as random acts of kindness

The TED talks bio describes Jonathan Zittrain as a “social theorist”. Most of us know him better as a law professor and co-founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Zittrain’s TED talk is more social theory than law but evokes some of Robert Ellickson’s ideas on law emerging from self-ordering arrangements in The Household. A fascinating talk. Read the rest of this entry »

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