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The First Patent Issued

On July 31, 1790, the first patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins. You can learn about patents and trademarks, and search for any patent issued, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) website http://1.usa.gov/1ItzqCi.

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 28, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson nominated Abe Fortas to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He was known as a brilliant jurist. In fact, in 1963 he successfully represented Clarence Earl Gideon before the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 15, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor (to the Supreme Court) continued at the Hart Senate Office Building. You can find the transcript of testimony taken on that day, starting … Continue reading

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Today is Flag Day

Today we celebrate Flag Day.  You can read about the history of Flag Day at http://1.usa.gov/SMCrvj ,or President Obama’s Proclamation for Flag Day and National Flag Week at https://goo.gl/hPyweW.  

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On This Date In Legal History

On June 9, 1987, the United States Supreme Court decided O’Lone v. Estate of Shabazz. Muslim inmates sued the Administrator of the Leesburg State Prison claiming prison policies impinged on their First Amendment rights. Prisoners assigned to work off-site weren’t … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ordered public schools to integrate, stating– “in the field of public education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are … Continue reading

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Two Noteworthy Equal Protection Cases

On May 25, 1959, the United States Supreme Court held in State Athletic Commission v. Dorsey that a Louisiana statute, banning interracial prizefighting, violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Five years later, on May 25th, the Supreme … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On May 21, 1969, President Nixon nominated Warren Burger for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  On June 9, 1969, the Senate confirmed his appointment in a 74-3 vote.  Justice Burger remained on the court for over 17 … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On February 7, 1946, Arthur Terminiello delivered a controversial speech at a Christian Veterans of America meeting. In response to the views he expressed, protesters threw rocks, stones and bricks that broke windows and doors. The police were unable to … Continue reading

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The First African-American Woman Lawyer

In 1872 Charlotte E. Ray became the first African-American woman to graduate Howard University School of Law, be admitted to the Washington, D.C. bar and thereafter practice law.  Read the Congressional Record at https://goo.gl/40zmeP, and learn more about this trailblazer at http://goo.gl/6cTX7B.

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 13, 1942, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Betts v. Brady. The question presented was– did the State of Maryland have a constitutional duty to appoint legal counsel to assist an indigent defendant indicted … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 31, 1976, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Gregg v. Georgia on whether the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.  You can listen to the Court … Continue reading

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Sandra Day O’Connor

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was born in El Paso, Texas, on March 26, 1930.  President Reagan nominated her to the Supreme Court on August 19, 1981.  Take a look at the President’s letter at http://goo.gl/qGTGwf.  The United States … Continue reading

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Remembering Florence Ellinwood Allen

On this date in 1884 Florence Ellinwood Allen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Judicial System describe her accomplishments as a lawyer and judge as follows–  “She was the first woman … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg

On this date in 1933 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka “The Notorious R.B.G.) was born in Brooklyn, New York.  Read more about the Justice @ http://www.lawsuitgame.com/blog/?p=3182.

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Remembering Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow was a prominent, brilliant, criminal lawyer.  On this date in 1938 he passed away.  Watch an entertaining movie about this celebrated attorney, Darrow, starring Kevin Spacey.

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The Amistad Case

On March 9, 1841, the United States Supreme Court decided the Amistad case. The Court ordered the release of kidnapped African men brought to this country, by way of Cuba, to be sold as slaves.  You can see the Court’s … Continue reading

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March is Women’s History Month

Happy Women’s History Month!  In 1975, the United Nations began observing International Women’s Day.  Celebrating women’s achievements in the United States, though, dates back to the early 1900s.  “National Woman’s Day” was first celebrated on February 28, 1909.  In August … Continue reading

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The 22nd Amendment

The 22nd Amendment was ratified on February 27, 1951.  The Amendment establishes term limits for the president– no person can serve for more than two four-year terms. Learn more at http://goo.gl/hF3UM0.

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1914 the United States Supreme Court decided Weeks v. United States. The case involved an unlawful search and seizure. Read more at http://goo.gl/lP7UU7.

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