Westlaw subscribers looking for background information on Samuel Alito can take advantage of Westlaw's new database "Supreme Court Nominee Samuel Alito Opinions and Papers" (ALITO-NOMINEE). As Westlaw describes it -
The ALITO-NOMINEE database contains coverage of opinions joined or authored by Judge Alito while sitting on the United States Court of Appeals. The database also contains federal or state decisions in which Judge Alito was an attorney of record or party, and briefs filed in cases in which he is a party or judge. Selected coverage of articles written by Judge Alito is also contained in this database. A current resume of Judge Alito by West's Profiler is included, as well as his biography from the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary.
And once Alito's confirmation hearings begin, Westlaw's "Supreme Court Nominee Confirmation Hearings" (SCT-CONFIRM) database will have the transcripts.
[Update, Nov. 20, 2005]
Over the weekend, Westlaw launched "Supreme Court Nominee Samuel Alito News" (ALITO-NEWS), which complements the Alito documents database by bringing together in one place news articles and columns from scores (if not hundreds) of newspapers, magazines and wire services. Because these articles have been specially culled by Westlaw, researchers can be fairly confident that they will actually be about Alito rather than merely making an offhand mention of the nominee while discussing another topic.