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The University of Chicago Law School Record

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A transcript of the Seventh Ernst Freund Lecture, in which Justice Harlan discusses how the Court conducts its business. The Justice touches on how cases come to the Court (including the 1925 overhaul that limited appeals of right to the Supreme Court), the reasons why certiorari is granted, how cases are handled once the Court accepts them (oral argument, Conference meetings in which cases are discussed, assigning of the writing of the opinion by the Chief Justice), and Justice Harlan's take on the work load of the Court (complex cases require more time and pro se petitions are increasing, resulting in a greater work load than the numbers may initially indicate). Finally, Justice Harlan discusses the need to prevent the Court from becoming too overburdened with cases and addresses some of the proposals that have been made to revamp the Court.

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