Women Advocates | Audio Archive | Significant Oral Arguments 1955-1993

The Warren Court | The Burger Court | The Rehnquist Court

In 1996, the Supreme Court Historical Society appointed an Ad Hoc Committee of distinguished legal scholars and Supreme Court practitioners to determine the most significant oral arguments heard by the Supreme Court from 1955 until 1993.  The Committee was asked to pick not only important cases, but also examples of effective appellate advocacy. Ultimately the Committee selected 411 cases; 130 from the Warren Court era, 160 from the Burger Court Era and 121 from the first seven years of the Rehnquist Court.

485 U.S. 46 (1986) Hustler Magazine v. Falwell
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482 U.S. 569 (1987) Board of Airport Com. of Los Angeles v. Jews for Jesus
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481 U.S. 537 (1987) Board of Directors of Rotary International v. Rotary Club of Duarte
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482 U.S. 496 (1987) Booth v. Maryland
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479 U.S. 314 (1987) Brown v. United States, Griffith v. Kentucky
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479 U.S. 272 (1987) California Federal Savings & Loan v. Guerra
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482 U.S. 578 (1987) Edwards v. Aguillard
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482 U.S. 304 (1987) First Lutheran Church v. Los Angeles County
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481 U.S. 648 (1987) Gray v. Mississippi
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480 U.S. 136 (1987) Hobbie v. Unemployment Appeals Commission of Florida
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480 U.S. 340 (1987) Illinois v. Krull
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480 U.S. 470 (1987) Keystone Bituminous Coal Assn. v. DeBenedictis
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481 U.S. 279 (1987) McCleskey v. Kemp
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483 U.S. 825 (1987) Nollan v. California Coastal Commission
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481 U.S. 1 (1987) Pennzoil Co. v. Texaco Inc.
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481 U.S. 497 (1987) Pope v. Illinois
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483 U.S. 378 (1987) Rankin v. McPherson
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481 U.S. 615 (1987) Shaare Tefila Congregation v. Cobb
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483 U.S. 203 (1987) South Dakota v. Dole
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481 U.S. 137 (1987) Tison v. Arizona
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480 U.S. 149 (1987) United States v. Paradise
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481 U.S. 739 (1987) United States v. Salerno
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485 U.S. 312 (1988) Boos v. Barry
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487 U.S. 589 (1988) Bowen v. Kendrick
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487 U.S. 500 (1988) Boyle v. United Technologies Corp.
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487 U.S. 99 (1988) Braswell v. United States
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485 U.S. 717 (1988) Business Electronics Corp. v. Sharp Electronics Corp.
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486 U.S. 35 (1988) California v. Greenwood
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487 U.S. 1012 (1988) Coy v. Iowa
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487 U.S. 474 (1988) Frisby v. Schultz
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484 U.S. 260 (1988) Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier
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487 U.S. 654 (1988) Morrison v. Olson
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488 U.S. 179 (1988) National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Tarkanian
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487 U.S. 1 (1988) New York State Association Inc. v. New York City
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486 U.S. 466 (1988) Shapero v. Kentucky Bar Assn.
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487 U.S. 815 (1988) Thompson v. Oklahoma
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486 U.S. 592 (1988) Webster v. Doe.
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492 U.S. 573 (1989) Allegheny County v. American Civil Liberties Union, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, Chabad v. American Civil Liberties Union, Pittsburgh v. American Civil Liberties Union
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488 U.S. 336 (1989) Allegheny Pittsburg Coal Co. v. Webster County
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492 U.S. 257 (1989) Browning-Ferris Industries of Vermont, Inc. v. Kelco Disposal, Inc.
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491 U.S. 617 (1989) Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered v. United States
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488 U.S. 469 (1989) City of Richmond v. J. A. Croson Co.
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489 U.S. 189 (1989) DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services
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491 U.S. 524 (1989) Florida Star (The) v. B. J. F.
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491 U.S. 110 (1989) Michael H. v. Gerald D.
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488 U.S. 361 (1989) Mistretta v. United States
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489 U.S. 656 (1989) National Treasury Employees Union v. Von Raab
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491 U.S. 1 (1989) Pennsylvania v. Union Gas Co.
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492 U.S. 302 (1989) Penry v. Lynaugh
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490 U.S. 228 (1989) Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins
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492 U.S. 115 Ct. 2829 (1989) Sable Communications v. FCC
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489 U.S. 602 (1989) Skinner v. Railway Labor Executives' Association
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492 U.S. 361 (1989) Stanford v. Kentucky
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489 U.S. 288 (1989) Teague v. Lane
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491 U.S. 397 (1989) Texas v. Johnson
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490 U.S. 642 (1989) Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio
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492 U.S. 490 (1989) Webster v. Reproduction Health Services
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497 U.S. 261 (1990) Cruzan v. Director of Missouri Department of Health
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494 U.S. 872 (1990) Department of Human Resources of Oregon Employment Division v. Smith
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495 U.S. 508 (1990) Grady v. Corbin
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497 U.S. 417 (1990) Hodgson v. State of Minnesota
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497 U.S. 836 (1990) Maryland v. Craig
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110 U.S. 1651 (1990) Missouri v. Jenkins
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497 U.S. 547 (1990) Metro Broadcasting v. FCC
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496 U.S. 444 (1990) Michigan Department of State Police v. Sitz
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497 U.S. 1 (1990) Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Co.
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497 U.S. 502 (1990) Ohio v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health
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497 U.S. Ct.62 (1990) Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois
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496 U.S. 310 (1990) United States v. Eichman
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494 U.S. 259 (1990) United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez
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493 U.S. 182 (1990) University of Pennsylvania v. EEOC
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499 U.S. 279 (1991) Arizona v. Fulminante
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501 U.S. 560 (1991) Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc.
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498 U.S. 237 (1991) Board of Education of Oklahoma City v. Dowell
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499 U.S. 621 (1991) California v. Hodari D.
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500 U.S. 614 (1991) Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Co.
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499 U.S. 244 (1991) EEOC v. Arabian American Oil Co.
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501 U.S. 429 (1991) Florida v. Bostick
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501 U.S. 868 (1991) Freytag v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue
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501 U.S. 452 (1991) Gregory v. Ashcroft
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501 U.S. 957 (1991) Harmelin v. Michigan

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501 U.S. 529 (1991) James M. Beam Distilling Co. v. Georgia
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499 U.S. 467 (1991) McCleskey v. Zant
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499 U.S. 1 (1991) Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Co. v. Haslip
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501 U.S. 808 (1991) Payne v. Tennessee
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499 U.S. 400 (1991) Powers v. Ohio
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500 U.S. 173 (1991) Rust v. Sullivan
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499 U.S. 187 (1991) Automobile Workers v. Johnson Controls, Inc.
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501 U.S. 350 (1991) Lampf, Pleva, Lipkind, Prupis & Petigrew v. Gilbertson
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505 U.S. 504 (1992) Cippollone v. Liggett Group, Inc.
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504 U.S. 451 (1992) Eastman Kodak Co. v. Image Technical Services
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504 U.S. 71 (1992) Foucha v. Louisiana
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503 U.S. 467 (1992) Freeman v. Pitts
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505 U.S. 42 (1992) Georgia v. McCollum
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503 U.S. 1 (1992) Hudson v. McMillan
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505 U.S. 672 (1992) International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Inc. v. Lee
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505 U.S. 577 (1992) Lee v. Weisman
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505 U.S. 1003 (1992) Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council
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504 U.S. 555 (1992) Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife
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504 U.S. 719 (1992) Morgan v. Illinois
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505 U.S. 144 (1992) New York v. United States
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93-1503 (1992) Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania v. Casey
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504 U.S. 298 (1992) Quill Corp. v. North Dakota
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505 U.S. 377 (1992) R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul
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504 U.S. 655 (1992) United States v. Alvarez-Machain
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509 U.S. 544 (1993) Alexander v. United States
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509 U.S. 602 (1993) Austin v. United States
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506 U.S. 263 (1993) Bray v. Alexandria Womens' Health Clinic
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508 U.S. 520 (1993) Church of the Lukami Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah
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509 U.S. 579 (1993) Daubert v. Merril Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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507 U.S. 761 (1993) Edenfield v. Fane
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509 U.S. 86 (1993) Harper v. Virginia Dept. of Taxation
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506 U.S. 390 (1993) Herrera v. Collins
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508 U.S. 385 (1993) Lamb's Chapel & J. Steigerwald v. Ctr. Morishes Union Free Sch. Dist.
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506 U.S. 224 (1993) Nixon v. United States
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509 U.S. 155 (1993) Sale v. Haitian Centers Council Inc.
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509 U.S. 630 (1993) Shaw v. Reno
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509 U.S. 443 (1993) TXO Production Corp. v. Alliance Resources Corp.
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113 U.S. 2849 (1993) United States v. Dixon
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508 U.S. 416 (1993) Wisconsin v. Mitchell
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509 U.S. 1 (1993) Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills District
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