OYEZTODAY at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law offers you the latest information and media on the current business of the Supreme Court of the United States. OYEZTODAY provides: easy-to-grasp abstracts for every case granted review, timely and searchable audio of oral arguments + transcripts, and up-to-date summaries of the Court’s most recent decisions including the Court’s full opinions. You will have access to all this information on your iPhone with the ability to share reactions on Facebook, Twitter, or by email. (Recordings of opinion announcements from the bench will follow when the Court releases these files to the National Archives at the start of the Court’s next Term). ~www.oyez.org
There are many features that I liked about the Oyez app, the first being that the app is free to download. Additionally, the case detail does a nice job of synthesizing the issues and lets you know how the Justices voted. The feature I enjoyed the most is the media component, which provides an audio version of each argument presented before the Court.
In addition to the list of cases provided through the application, there is a tab that provides background information about each Justice. I personally liked this section because, in many instances, understanding a Justice’s background and philosophies provides you an insight which will allow you to effectively predict how certain justices will rule on specific issues.
While there are many features that I really enjoyed about this app, there are some features that I did not like. The biggest drawback is that the app only goes back to the 2010 term. Another key component missing from the app is a search function. A researcher accessing the Oyez site on a laptop can search for specific cases by typing in the case title or case citation. But with the Oyez app, you have to scroll through each page for a particular case, which can be extremely time consuming and not the most effective search method.
Overall, this app is beneficial in some instances and worth it for every law student to give it a try. Did I mention it is FREE?!?
~Porcsha Daniels, Class of 2014~
Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.