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On October 29, 1969, the United States Supreme Court decided Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education. The Court held that schools must desegregate immediately. The opinion states–“No person is to be effectively excluded from any school because of race or … Continue reading

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On October 28, 1919, Congress passed the “National Prohibition Act”. The Act (also commonly known as the “Volstead Act”) spelled out how prohibition was to be enforced. The law remained in effect until the 21st Amendment was passed. You can … Continue reading

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On October 26, 1956, Annette Abbott Adams passed away.  She graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 1912.  In 1914, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.  She handled federal prosecutions in the Northern District of California. In 1920, … Continue reading

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In 1789 George Washington nominated John Blair, Jr. to the United States Supreme Court. He was confirmed by the Senate, and served on the court until October 25, 1795. Learn more about Justice Blair at https://goo.gl/Qatd4b and https://goo.gl/TuVp8.

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Today is United Nations Day.  Learn more at https://goo.gl/ABVtoi.

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In July 1991 President George H.W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to replace Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the United States Supreme Court.  Thomas was only 43 years old.  His confirmation hearings were contentious.  A former employee, … Continue reading

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A Legal-Themed Board Game for Ages 8 and Up

LAWSUIT! BOARD GAME:  Step into a lawyer’s shoes with this light, legal-themed, board game. Players face whimsical legal scenarios and the choices lawyers make every day– whether to pursue a settlement, accept a verdict or appeal, practice solo or in … Continue reading

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On October 21, 1971, President Nixon nominated William H. Rehnquist to replace Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan on the United States Supreme Court.  In December of the same year, the Senate confirmed his nomination. Fifteen years later, President Reagan nominated him, … Continue reading

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In 1964 James Chaney, Andy Goodman and Michael Schwerner traveled to Mississippi to help African-Americans register to vote, but in the process were murdered. The United States Justice Department filed charges against eighteen defendants for violating the civil rights of … Continue reading

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On October 19, 1961, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Hoyt v. Florida. The case arose after an all-male jury convicted Gwendolyn Hoyt of killing her husband. Hoyt argued the lack of women on her … Continue reading

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On October 17, 1967, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Katz v. United States. Katz was arrested after the government placed an eavesdropping device on the outside of a telephone booth he used to discuss criminal activity. The government … Continue reading

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On October 16, 1974, oral arguments took place at the United States Supreme Court in Taylor v. Louisiana. Billy Taylor challenged his conviction (for aggravated kidnapping) by an all-male jury. Louisiana excused women from jury service. Taylor claimed that he … Continue reading

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On October 14, 1911, former Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan passed away. From 1877 to 1911 he served as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court where he earned the reputation as the “great dissenter.” He’s probably … Continue reading

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On October 13, 2004, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Roper v. Simmons.  Roper involved a high school student, Christopher Simmons, who confessed to a murder and was tried and sentenced to death.  He was 17 … Continue reading

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On October 12, 1944, the case Korematsu v. United States was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  Two years earlier a military order required Fred Korematsu to leave his home in San Leandro, California, and live in a detention … Continue reading

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On October 11, 1872, former Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone was born. Learn more about this justice at http://goo.gl/KROcZ7.

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On October 10, 1973, Spiro Agnew resigned as the 39th Vice President of the United States. His resignation was prompted by an accusation of tax evasion, which he pleaded no contest to, in a Baltimore courtroom. Once Agnew resigned President … Continue reading

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In 1941 President Roosevelt appointed Robert H. Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he served until Oct 9, 1954, when he passed away.  He might be best remembered, however, as the  Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials.  Learn more … Continue reading

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In 1888 President Grover Cleveland nominated Melville W. Fuller to be chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed his appointment (41 to 20), and on October 8, 1888, he was sworn in. Notably, it was Chief Justice Fuller … Continue reading

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On October 7, 2014, oral argument took place before the United States Supreme Court in Holt v. Hobbs.  A devout Muslim prisoner objected to a prison policy that prevented him from growing a ½-inch beard in accordance with his religious … Continue reading

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