Monthly Archives: February 2015

On This Date in Legal History

Clarence Brandenburg, a Ku Klux Klan leader, spoke at a rally and remarked– if matters continued as is, then revengeance might have to be taken. He was referring to the government’s alleged “suppress[ion] of the white, Caucasian, race.” On another … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1962 the United States Supreme Court unequivocally stated in Bailey v. Patterson that “no State may require racial segregation of interstate or intrastate transportation facilities.” The Justices explained that would be unconstitutional.

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1914 the United States Supreme Court decided Weeks v. United States. The case involved an unlawful search and seizure. Read more @ http://www.lawsuitgame.com/blog/?p=2873#sthash.XXXDw7Ck.dpbs.

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1903 the Oregon legislature enacted a statute providing, “no female [shall] be employed in any mechanical establishment or factory or laundry” “more than ten hours during any one day.” Curt Muller, the owner of a laundry, was convicted of … Continue reading

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February is National African American History Month

In honor of National African American History Month I recommend watching the film “Mr. Civil Rights—Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP.”  The film traces Thurgood Marshall’s life as a civil rights attorney.  Prior to becoming the first African American Supreme Court … Continue reading

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The Notorious R.B.G.

This past week Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at Georgetown Law School about her personal and professional life.  She talked about the hurdles she faced as a female lawyer when women were seen only as homemakers.  Even though … Continue reading

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Law School Dean Chats With Justice Elena Kagan

This past week Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan chatted with the Dean of Northwestern School of Law as part of the Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar Program.  The Justice answered questions about a wide variety of subjects.  The Chicago … Continue reading

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor Opened Up to a Florida Crowd

This week United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke at the Forum Club in Florida.  She discussed her upbringing in the South Bronx and what led her to become a lawyer and judge.  She was initially inspired by the … Continue reading

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On This Date In Legal History

On February 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment was ratified.  The Amendment granted African American men the right to vote.  Section 1 states—”The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United … Continue reading

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Accurate News Reporting Is Not Defamatory

On August 20, 2010, Lorraine Martin and her two sons were arrested for drug possession in Connecticut.  Media outlets picked up the story.  Several months later the Government decided not to pursue the charges and dismissed her case.  Under the … Continue reading

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The First Scheduled SCOTUS Session

On February 1, 1790, the United States Supreme Court was scheduled to meet for the first time in New York City.  The Court was made up of six Justices (today there are nine). Chief Justice John Jay had to postpone … Continue reading

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