A group of law schools will help expand an online U.S. Supreme Court database so that it reaches back to the court’s first recorded decision in 1792.

The schools received an $874,000 National Science Foundation grant in September to begin the four-year project, which will add 19,675 cases to a database that now extends from the Court’s 1953 term through 2008, said Lee Epstein, a professor at Northwestern University School of Law. The group will post 4,400 cases by next summer and add more in installments each year, she said.

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