Sunday, September 11, 2011

U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

The Ninth Circuit is very media savvy. It makes available audio and audio and video recordings of arguments before the court and offer a tour of its courthouse in San Francisco. The court has just posted the videotapes of the educational program offered at their 2011 Judicial Conference held August 15-18, 2011, in Carlsbad, California. The theme of the conference was “Past As Prologue: Celebrating Our History and Building Our Future.”
Perhaps the most original video is a reenactment of the oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in Bradwell v. Illinois, a case from 1873. Myra Bradwell, a married woman, was found qualified to practice law but denied admission to the Bar by the Supreme Court of Illinois. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1873 agreed with the Illinois court.
Another reenactment, organized by the Georgetown Law Center was held in 1998 and can be found here. In both reenactements, Mrs. Bradwell prevailed.
Other videos from the 9th Circuit conference include :

  • A Supreme Court Review 
  • Federalism in the 21st Century: Balancing States' Rights with Federal Power 
  • Search and Seizure in the 21st Century: Developments in the 50 Years Since Mapp v. Ohio
  • Forty Years after Reed v. Reed: Where Did the Constitutional Law of Gender Discrimination Come From, and Where has it Taken Us?
The videos are between 1h and 1h38, no transcript.