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L, Lawyers’ Edition

Edited By: Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely Jr., Joel B. Grossman

From: The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (2nd Edition)

Edited By: Kermit L. Hall

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Subscriber: null; date: 16 January 2021

Lawyers’ Edition

is the popular designation of the United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers’ Edition, an unofficial series of Supreme Court decisions published by the Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company. It began publication in 1882 with a complete reprint of all Supreme Court decisions that had been issued up to that time. The initial publication contained many decisions not reported officially, including those in the appendixes to volumes 131 and 154 of *United States Reports. Subsequent volumes contained a few decisions not officially reported. Volume numbering differs from that of the official reports, and a second numbering series was begun after volume 100. The bound volumes provide star paging to the official U.S. Reports.

Special features include summaries of counsel’s briefs in selected cases and annotations to a few important cases in each volume. These now appear in an appendix at the back of each volume. Beginning with volume 32 of Lawyers’ Edition, 2d series, supplements in the back of the volumes contain updating of the annotations, a citator service summarizing relevant cases, and corrections made by the justices after the volume went to press.

Biweekly advance sheets with the same pagination as the bound volume provide current decisions, but not the annotations.

Morris L. Cohen