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Table of Contents
(Sample contents, from the 174 L. Ed. 2d permanent bound volume)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Personnel of Supreme Court
Table of Allotment of Justices
Subjects Annotated in This Volume
Reference Table of Vols. 556 U.S. (part) and 557 U.S.
Table of Cases Reported in this Volume
Table of Federal Constitutional Provisions, Statutes, Court Rules, and Regulations Cited and Construed in ThisVolume
Table of Classifications to the United States Supreme Court
Digest, Lawyers Edition, from Cases Reported in This Volume
Disposition of Cases; Justice Souters Retirement; Recess; Thanks to Court Staff and Bar
Investiture Ceremony for Justice Sotomayor
Cases Reported in Vols. 556 U.S. (part) and 557 U.S.
Summaries of Briefs; Names of Participating Attorneys
Index to Decisions and Annotations