The Supreme Court in Conference: 1940-1985

The Supreme Court in Conference: 1940-1985 : The Private Discussions Behind Nearly 300 Supreme Court Decisions

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In public, Supreme Court Justices are not known for their candor while ruling upon a case. In private, however, a few days after hearing oral arguments, before deciding upon the case, the Justices openly discuss their views in what is known as the "Conference." Here, for the first time, are the transcriptions of those conference notes-taken by the Justices themselves-to more than two hundred landmark cases from 1945 to 1985, including such landmark decisions on civil rights, abortion, privacy, and Presidential power. The Supreme Court in Conference is the first book to presents the notes to the conference meetings-so private that only the Justices are present-with annotations and introductions by Del Dickson. Two lengthy essays on the conference notes put them into perspective and draw out the some of the patterns, tendencies, and personalities. Volume I covers cases involving the separation of powers and federalism, including such areas as Congressional authority, the Presidenvy, and foreign affairs. Volume II covers cases in civil rights and liberties: free speech, free press, religion, equal protection, privacy, reproductive rights, affirmative action, and many more. The full transcriptions are accompoanied with full notes, and citations. There is an extensive bibliography and index. he Supreme Court in Conference will become an essential reference work for scholars, lawyers, law students and the interested lay more

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  • Hardback | 1040 pages
  • 188 x 258 x 46mm | 2,082.01g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • New.
  • 0195126327
  • 9780195126327

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"Well-writen and quite interesting"--Appellate Practice Journal "[T]his book will utterly change the way we view Supreme Court decision-making. It is a joy to read and is absolutely essential for anyone who wishes to see what goes on when that case goes up."--New York Law Journal "The court shows its public face at oral argument, but decisins are made in private conferences...Del Dickson, a political science professor at University of San Diego, had the brilliant idea of stitching together the notes available from modern-era justices to create a narrative of how the court reached its decisions."--National Law Journalshow more