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Electronic Briefs

The US Supreme Court has long required parties and amici to print their briefs on an odd size of paper: 6 1/8 x 9 1/4.  The size does fit nicely in the hand and is easier to read than 8 1/2 x 11, but it's a pain to produce.  We have to print ours on the big 11 x 17 sheets and send them out to be cut down.

In recent years, the Court has also required an electronic copy emailed in PDF format.  I suspected most of the clerks were reading the electronic versions rather than the paper ones but that the justices were sticking with paper.

Turns out two justices on opposite ends of the seniority scale have gone electronic.  Justice Scalia reads his on an iPad while Justice Kagan uses a Kindle.  See interview here.  Perhaps in the not-too-distant future we can get rid of the printed briefs altogether.

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