Monthly Archives: August 2014

Which Supreme Court Justice was confirmed on this date?

President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the United States Supreme Court.  On this date in 1967 the Senate confirmed his nomination, and he became the first African-American to serve on the Court.  Read the Congressional Record here– http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/240_1967.pdf.   … Continue reading

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Justice Felix Frankfurter

In 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt nominated Felix Frankfurter to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court for over 23 years and retired on this date in 1962.

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Sandra Day O’Connor

President Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court on this date in 1981.  The United States Senate unanimously confirmed her appointment, and on September 25, 1981, she became the first woman to serve on the Court. … Continue reading

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The 19th Amendment

The 19th Amendment was ratified on this date in 1920.  It states– “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” … Continue reading

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Alcatraz Federal Prison

On this day in 1934, Alcatraz opened its doors to a bevy of prisoners who were assigned to this maximum-security federal penitentiary.  To learn more, go to– http://www.pinterest.com/lawsuitgame/alcatraz/. If you’re planning a visit to San Francisco, purchase ferry tickets to … Continue reading

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

President Clinton nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the United States Supreme Court, and on this date in 1993, she was sworn in as an Associate Justice.  Recently Katie Couric interviewed her.  You can listen to this wonderful interview @ https://ca.news.yahoo.com/exclusive–ruth-bader-ginsburg-on-hobby-lobby-dissent-144600320.html.  Justice … Continue reading

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The Right to Counsel

Today the United States Courts (@ http://www.uscourts.gov/Home.aspx) released an educational video about the right to counsel in criminal proceedings.  Watch this easy to understand recording (@ http://news.uscourts.gov/new-court-shorts-video-details-right-counsel) to learn about a criminal defendant’s 6th Amendment rights.

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Justice Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on this date in 2010.  President Obama nominated her on May 10, 2010.  At the time, she was the United States Solicitor General.  (Learn about … Continue reading

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The Voting Rights Act (1965)

On this day in 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.  Months earlier, on March 15, the President explained in a speech to the United States Congress why the Act was necessary.  African Americans were being denied the right … Continue reading

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Justice Stephen Breyer

Stephen G. Breyer was sworn as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court on this date in 1994.  He became the 108th Supreme Court Justice.  Read more about him @ http://www.oyez.org/justices/stephen_g_breyer.

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