Type of site
|Owner||Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School, Justia, Chicago-Kent College of Law|
|Created by||Jerry Goldman|
The Oyez Project at the Illinois Institute of Technology's Chicago-Kent College of Law is an unofficial online multimedia archive of the Supreme Court of the United States, especially audio of oral arguments. The website "aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since [...] October 1955."  The website also includes biographical information of both incumbent and historical justices of the Court and advocates who have argued before the court. The website was founded by Jerry Goldman, a research professor of law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology.
According to the website, the Oyez Project received technological support from National Science Foundation and grants from National Endowment for the Humanities. The project is also supported by various academic institutions such as Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the legal web portal FindLaw, and the law firm Mayer Brown, among others.
Jerry Goldman put the Oyez Project up for sale in 2016. He estimated it is "worth well over $1 million", but he hopes the buyer will not put the project behind a paywall. Harvard Law School offered to pay the project's operating costs, but not Goldman's price. In July 2016, the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School and Justia joined IIT as sponsors.
The Oyez Project was conceived in Chicago in the late 1980's by Jerry Goldman, a professor of political science, and initially implemented using Apple's HyperCard software. Subsequent support from the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities allowed the project to evolve and establish a presence on the internet.
Oyez.org is listed by the Supreme Court as an authentic, although unofficial online source to access the court's information.
The old version of the Oyez database was awarded the Silver Gavel Award for New Media by American Bar Association in 1998. Its founder, Jerry Goldman, was given a medal award in 1997 by EDUCAUSE.
But as of just a few weeks ago, all of the archived historical audio -- which dates back to 1955 -- has been digitized, and almost all of those cases can now be heard and explored at an online archive called the Oyez Project.