The Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978, contains the world's most comprehensive online collection of records and briefs brought before the nation's highest court by leading legal practitioners, including many future judges and associates of the court. It serves as the second installment of the award winning The Making of Modern Law.
What is a brief? A brief is a lawyer's statement of his or her case, including its factual and legal arguments. United Sates appellate courts usually require a brief to be filed for the information of the judge and the opposing party. Occasionally a brief may incorporate considerable historical, economic, and sociological data, which makes it a particularly rich archival source for lawyers, historians and social scientists. The Making of Modern Law: Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832–1978 offers an in-depth record of contemporary analytical writing by well-known social scientists, economists, sociologists, psychologists, social thinkers, scientists, historians and academics.
Product functionality makes this content available to researchers in new ways. Within nearly 11 million searchable pages, comprised of 200,000 documents covering 75,000 cases — the majority for which the Court did not give a full opinion — researchers will find all the major issues of interest to students of law; history and American society. Topics include the Court's interpretation of the Constitution and its amendments; states' rights and national sovereignty; business and labor law; civil rights and gender law; environmental law and issues relating to the public's health; intellectual property and trademark law; and much more.
"This database will be very useful in libraries where locating documents related to American legal history, politics, society, and government is essential. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general audience."
--CHOICE, July 2012