Monthly Archives: October 2014

NBC’s “Bad Judge”

#NBC’s “Bad Judge” aired for the first time this fall on October 2.  It’s a sitcom fashioned to poke fun at judges and lawyers.  Rebecca Wright, played by Kate Walsh, is a Van Nuys Criminal Court #Judge, who engages in … Continue reading

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Remembering A Pioneering Woman Lawyer & Judge  

Annette Abbott Adams was born in 1877, and died on this date in 1956.  She graduated from Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 1912.  In 1914, she served as an  Assistant U.S. Attorney.  She handled federal prosecutions in the … Continue reading

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On This Day in Legal History

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

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This Day in Legal History

On this date in 1971, President Nixon nominated William H. Rehnquist to replace Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan on the Supreme Court.  He was confirmed by the Senate and became the 100th Justice to serve on our highest court.  Fifteen … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1961, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Hoyt v. Florida.  In that case, an all-male jury convicted Gwendolyn Hoyt of killing her husband.  At the time of Hoyt’s trial, women were excluded from … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 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 … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

William O. Douglas was born on this date in 1898. In honor of his birthday, why not watch this fun television show, “What’s My Line” @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B9wM4gATvM?  He’s the guest.  If you’d like a more serious look at the Justice, … Continue reading

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On this Date in Legal History    

On October 15, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed William J. Brennan to the United States Supreme Court.  He remained on the Court for over 33 years, until July 20, 1990.  In July 1997, he passed away, however his legacy … Continue reading

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Today in History

On this date in 1987 the case Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier was argued before the Supreme Court. Students sued their high school for violation of their First Amendment rights after their principal unilaterally excised two articles from their school paper.  One … Continue reading

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Korematsu Revisited

On this date in 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 … Continue reading

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What are Amicus Curiae Briefs?

Alison Orr Larsen (Associate Professor of Law from William and Mary Law School) explained to Stephen Colbert the history and value of amicus curiae briefs filed with the United States Supreme Court.  Listen to this funny, educational exchange that they … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court’s New Term Begins Today

As prescribed by statute, the Supreme Court starts its new term today, the first Monday in October.  To learn more about the Court and its procedures, visit http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/procedures.aspx.

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Today in History

On this date in 1983, Lynch v. Donnelly was argued before the Supreme Court.  The Court was asked to decide whether the City of Pawtucket violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment when it included a nativity scene in … Continue reading

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