First Monday in October 2020

The new Supreme Court term will begin this year on Monday, October 5, 2020. It will occur amidst political drama in light of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent death and the nomination and confirmation process for her potential successor.

In accordance with Supreme Court tradition, Justice Ginsburg’s Bench Chair and the Bench directly in front of it have been draped with black wool crepe in memoriam. In addition, a black drape has been hung over the Courtroom doors. The flags on the Court’s front plaza will be flown at half-staff through October 20. Visit the Supreme Court’s web site for an In Memoriam.

If you want a preview of the cases and arguments that lie ahead, visit the ABA’s Preview of the United States Supreme Court Cases. You can also visit Georgetown University Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute, A Look Ahead, Supreme Court of the United States October Term 2020. Finally, summaries of the cases to be heard this term can be found at the SCOTUSblog.

To follow the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to become the next Associate Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, visit Georgetown Law Center’s Supreme Court Nominations Guide. It compiles a list of resources concerning Judge Barrett, including biographical information, court opinions, appellate briefs, Congressional hearings, and scholarly publications.  More information, including links to documentation for the confirmation hearings, will be posted there as it becomes available.