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. The newest edition of this comprehensive reference includes important new perspective on the legacy of the Rehnquist court.
Readers will also find:
- An institutional overview of the Court’s history including a chronology of important events from 1787-2006, important Congressional legislation relating to the Supreme Court, internet sites relating to law and courts, and much more
- Background information on all the justices such as family backgrounds, childhood environments, marital status, educational and employment histories, political experiences and trends in voting agreement
- The political and legal environment of the Court is presented including the success rate of the United States as a party before the Supreme Court, the rates of success of various administrative agencies, and state participation in court litigation with success rates
This new edition includes more than 180 tables and charts and is updated to cover Supreme Court events through the 2005-2006 term. This reference is an invaluable resource to judicial scholars, students, and those interested in the history of the Supreme Court.
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Lee Epstein, University of Southern California, School of Law
Lee Epstein is the Beatrice Kuhn Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University. She is coauthor of The Supreme Court and Legal Change: Abortion and the Death Penalty (1992) with Joseph Kobylka; Advice and Consent: The Politics of Judicial Appointments (2005) with Jeffrey A. Segal; The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, 4th ed. (2007) with Segal, Harold J. Spaeth, and Thomas G. Walker; and The Choices Justices Make (1998) with Jack Knight, which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for the best book on law and courts. In addition, she is coauthor, with Walter F. Murphy and C. Herman Pritchett of Courts, Judges and Politics, 6th ed. (2006).
Jeffrey A. Segal, SUNY, Stony Brook
Jeffrey A. Segal is professor of political science at SUNY, Stony Brook. He received a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model (2002); Majority Rule or Minority Will: Adherence to Precedent on the U.S. Supreme Court (1999); and Senate Elections (1992).
Harold J. Spaeth, Michigan State University
Harold J. Spaeth is professor of political science at Michigan State University. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. He is the author or coauthor of more than ten books, including The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model (2002); Stare Indecisis: The Alteration of Precedent on the Supreme Court (1995); Studies in U.S. Supreme Court Behavior (1990); Supreme Court Policy Making: Explanation and Prediction (1979); And Supreme Court Decision Making (1976). He is the principal investigator of the United States Supreme Court Judicial Database.
Thomas G. Walker, Emory University
Thomas G. Walker is Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science at Emory University, where he has won several teaching awards for his courses on constitu¬tional law and the judicial process. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. His book, A Court Divided, written with Deborah J. Barrow, won the prestigious V. O. Key Award for the best book on southern politics. He is coauthor of The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, 5th edition (2012), with Lee Epstein, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Harold J. Spaeth, and author of Eligible for Execution (2009).