Monthly Archives: April 2014

George Washington Was Inaugurated On This Day In 1789

Today in 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States.  The ceremony took place at Federal Hall in New York City, which was the capital at the time.  Read more @ http://goo.gl/OXbDiw.

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Race-Based Preference is Now Off-Limits at Michigan State Colleges & Universities

Michigan voters opted to amend their State Constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from giving race-based preference to certain college applicants.  The amendment at issue states that Michigan’s public universities and colleges— “shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential … Continue reading

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Supreme Court’s Stance On School Searches

On this date in 2009, Safford Unified School District #1 v. Redding was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  When Savana Redding was 13 years old, a student reported to school officials that she had been distributing pills (banned without … Continue reading

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Is Guantanamo Bay American Soil?

In the case, Rasul v. Bush, several foreign nationals incarcerated at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, on the island of Cuba, brought habeas corpus claims alleging that they were being held indefinitely, and thus illegally, by the U.S. They claimed … Continue reading

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Banning Child Labor In The U.S.

The United States Congress passed The Act of September 1, 1916, which prohibited the transportation of goods (between states) that had been manufactured at factories that employed children younger than 14, or those 14-16 years old who worked before 6 … Continue reading

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Women Lawyers Have Come A Long Way

On this date in 1872, the United States Supreme Court decided the case, Bradwell v. The State. Myra Bradwell applied to practice law in Illinois, but the Supreme Court of Illinois refused to grant her, as a married woman, a license. … Continue reading

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Let’s Celebrate Abe Lincoln Today

President Abraham Lincoln died on this day in 1865. Among his great accomplishments, he successfully fought for the passage of the 13th Amendment to our United States Constitution, which abolished slavery. That amendment was passed by Congress on January 1, … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Denied Review Of A Death Penalty Case This Week

If you’re at all interested in the continuing debate over the death penalty, take a look at the article published in USA Today at http://usat.ly/1iD3pw6.  It discusses Christopher Sepulvado v. Bobby Jindal, et al., a case the U.S. Supreme Court … Continue reading

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The Civil Rights Act of 1866

The Civil Rights Act of 1866 was passed 148 years ago today.  President Andrew Johnson vetoed it, but Congress overrode his veto by the two-thirds majority required.  The Act declared that all persons born in the United States (except Native … Continue reading

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A Morning Prayer at School Violated the First Amendment

On April 3, 1962, the case of Engel v. Vitale was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  Ten parents of public school students in New York State had sued their local Board of Education because their children’s school required … Continue reading

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