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On This Date in Legal History

On September 19, 1907, Lewis F. Powell Jr. was born.  From 1972-1987 he served on the United States Supreme Court. Learn more about Justice Powell at http://goo.gl/6cnsSi.

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On September 18, 1975, the FBI arrested Patricia Hearst, the granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, for her participation in a bank robbery. She claimed that kidnappers from the Symbionese Liberation Army (“SLA”) brainwashed her– causing her to engage … Continue reading

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This Month in Legal History

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated between September 15 and October 15. During this month we reflect on the countless contributions Hispanic Americans have made to this country. Learn more at goo.gl/A1MB7u.

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On September 15, 1857, the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and the 27th President was born. Learn more @ goo.gl/GNZmBO and goo.gl/MCIz1y.

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On September 14, 1921, Constance Baker Motley was born in New Haven, Connecticut.  In 1966, when President Johnson appointed her to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, she became the first African-American woman to … Continue reading

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On September 13, 1948, Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the United States Senate (after serving four terms in the House of Representatives). She became the first woman elected to both houses of Congress. All told, she was a member … Continue reading

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President Madison nominated Joseph Story to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court for over 33 years until his death on September 10, 1845.  He’s probably best remembered today for his opinion in the Amistad case.  The … Continue reading

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On September 9, President Eisenhower signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The Act established a Commission to investigate whether persons were being denied their voting or equal protection rights under the law because of their race, color, … Continue reading

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On September 8, 1974, President Ford pardoned former President Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office. Ford cited his authority to do so pursuant to Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. He explained … Continue reading

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On September 7, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (the “FECA”). The law was enacted to provide compensation for federal employees injured on the job. Learn more at https://goo.gl/meX6ZC.

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A Fascinating Fact About the City of Madison

Many streets in Madison, Wisconsin, are named after the signers of the United States Constitution.  Learn more at https://goo.gl/iGxMEy, and take a tour of some of the fabulous legal sites there at https://goo.gl/t2Umxu.

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President George W. Bush nominated John G. Roberts, Jr., initially, to fill retiring Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat on the United States Supreme Court. However, after Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist passed away, on September 5, 2005, President Bush … Continue reading

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From 1891-1906 Associate Justice Henry Billings Brown served on the United States Supreme Court. On September 4, 1913, he passed away. Learn more about this justice at http://goo.gl/A8NfM7.

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On September 3, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­2005, former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist passed away. Learn more about this influential justice at http://goo.gl/2EMHsU.

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On September 2, President Ford signed into law the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, otherwise known as “ERISA”.  Learn how this law protects an employee’s retirement assets at https://goo.gl/RmB5uJ.

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On September 1, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Keating-Owen Child Labor Act. The Act placed restrictions on child labor. You can view the original Act with the President’s signature at https://research.archives.gov/id/5730381.

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John Blair, Jr. was a signer of the U.S. Constitution and a former Supreme Court justice. In 1789 George Washington appointed him to the court, and he served as a justice until 1796. On August 31, 1800, he passed away. … Continue reading

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President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the United States Supreme Court. On August 30, 1967, the Senate confirmed his nomination, and he became the first African-American to serve on the Court. Read the Congressional Record here– http://goo.gl/yKSlzW. Learn more … Continue reading

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On August 27, 1948, Charles Evans Hughes passed away. From 1910-1916 he was an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court, and from 1930-1941 he was the Chief Justice. He was the 39th Governor of New York (1907-1910), and … Continue reading

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On August 25, 1998, former Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell passed away. In 1971, President Nixon nominated him to the Supreme Court. On June 26, 1987, he retired from the Court after serving over 15 years. Learn more about Justice Powell … Continue reading

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