Monthly Archives: September 2014

Chief Justice John Jay

President George Washington nominated John Jay to serve as the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.  On this date, the Senate confirmed his nomination.  After serving on the Court for over 5 years, he resigned and became … Continue reading

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Associate Justice Hugo Black

Justice Hugo Black died on this date in 1971, eight days after he retired from the Supreme Court.  He was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first appointee to the Court.  When the President nominated him he was a Senator from Alabama.  … Continue reading

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The Judiciary Act of 1789

The Judiciary Act of 1789 was signed into law on this date.  The Act created our federal court system.  It stated the Supreme Court was to have a chief justice and five associate justices (today there are eight associate justices). … Continue reading

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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Ken Burns’s PBS documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, is a must-see.  It recounts the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.  The film delves into their personal, professional (notably Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a lawyer) and political lives. We’re reminded of … Continue reading

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Sandra Day O’Connor

President Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court.  The Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination on this date in 1981.  Take a look at the Congressional Record– http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/274_1981.pdf.  She became the first woman to serve on the … Continue reading

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Justice Ginsburg Speaks About Women & the Constitution

This past week Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at a conference, “Women & the Constitution.”  She discussed several Supreme Court cases involving claims of gender inequality, her work as a lawyer at the ACLU and a judge on the U.S. … Continue reading

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Integration of Little Rock School Was Ordered On This Date

On this day in 1958, the Supreme Court decided Cooper v. Aaron.  In that case, the Little Rock School Board asked the Court to postpone the integration of their high school.  The Arkansas Governor and Legislature stirred up trouble and … Continue reading

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Remembering Associate Justice Joseph Story

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

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Ford Pardoned Nixon On This Date

On this date in 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 … Continue reading

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

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 3, 2005, on this … Continue reading

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Is it time to abolish the death penalty?

The New York Times editorial board calls for the end of the death penalty.  Take a look @ “The Innocent on Death Row” @ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/opinion/.

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