Monthly Archives: April 2015

Law Day Is Tomorrow…

The made-for-television movie Separate But Equal traces NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall’s legal fight against segregation. The former Supreme Court Justice was the lead attorney in the Brown v. Board of Education case. This dramatization of that legal battle teaches about the court … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1888 President Grover Cleveland nominated Melville Weston Fuller for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. On July 20, 1888, the Senate confirmed his nomination and he became the 8th Chief Justice of the Court. … Continue reading

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Let The Countdown Begin

Start prepping for Law Day on May 1 by listening to Professor Nicholas Vincent speak about the Magna Carta @ http://goo.gl/OksDlK.

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On This Date in Legal History

Taxpayers sued New York City’s Board of Education in order to challenge a policy that permitted students to leave school during the day to attend religious instruction elsewhere. No public funds were used and no religious instruction took place on … Continue reading

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D.C. Court Dismisses Libel Case Against Foreign Policy Magazine

Yassar Abbas, the son of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, brought a lawsuit for defamation against the Foreign Policy Group after they published an article that questioned whether he and his brother were “growing rich off their father’s system” and “enriched … Continue reading

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Cameras in the Courtroom

In today’s New York Times there’s an interesting Op-Ed article by Jonathan Sherman.  He advocates for cameras in the courtroom. Take a look at his argument @ http://goo.gl/HqysU1.

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Remembering Charles Hamilton Houston

Charles Hamilton Houston was born on September 3, 1895, and died on this date in 1950. He was a remarkable African-American attorney who played a key role in ending segregation in the United States. He’s probably best remembered (along with … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 21, 1976, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of  Meachum v. Fano. State prisoners, who were believed to be disruptive, sued to prevent their transfer to a less desirable facility. The question was—is … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Justice Stevens

On this date in 1920 retired United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was born in Chicago, Illinois. Read more about him @ http://www.lawsuitgame.com/blog/?p=3489#sthash.JolQlMwf.dpbs.

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A Cautionary Tale From The Documentary “Kids for Cash”

From 2003-2008 children arrested in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, were routinely encouraged to waive their rights to counsel.  Hundreds of young kids not represented by lawyers were ordered to go to detention centers for minor offenses.  The documentary Kids for Cash … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1873 the United States Supreme Court decided the case Bradwell v. Illinois. Myra Bradwell applied to practice law in Illinois, but the Supreme Court of Illinois refused to grant her, as a married woman, a license. The … Continue reading

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Frank Sinatra’s Encounter With the Law Is On Display

The New York Public Library at Lincoln Center will be exhibiting “Sinatra: An American Icon” until September 4, 2015. This exhibit celebrates Sinatra’s life.  Included amongst the memorabilia is a mug shot of him taken in late 1938 by the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1941 Smith Betts, an unemployed farmhand who was not well educated, was indicted on a robbery charge in a Maryland courthouse. He was poor and unable to afford an attorney so he asked the Court to appoint one. The … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor At The Library

Yesterday Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke at the New York Public Library. She discussed– her upbringing; how the Justices differ in their approaches to constitutional issues; and the value of a dissenting opinion. This event is well worth watching. You can … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 9, 2010, United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens sent a letter to President Obama stating that he was retiring from the Court. He had served as an Associate Justice for 35 years. President Ford nominated him … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 8, 1913, the 17th Amendment was ratified. The Amendment addresses the election of Senators to Congress. It provides for the people to elect new Senators (versus the State legislatures).  The Amendment states– The Senate of the United States … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 6, 1931, nine African American youths were put on trial after being falsely accused of raping two white women on a train.  An all-white jury in Scottsboro, Alabama, found them guilty. To learn more about this infamous case you … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 4, 2011, the United States Supreme Court decided Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn.  Arizona taxpayers sued the Director of the Arizona Department of Revenue claiming that a law allowing their taxes to be used towards tuition … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 3, 1790, George Washington wrote a letter to the Justices of the United States Supreme Court expressing his belief that “the Judiciary system should not only be independent in its operation, but as perfect as possible in its … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 2, 2012, the United States Supreme Court decided Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington.  The Justices looked at whether it was constitutional for jail personnel to strip search individuals arrested for minor offenses. … Continue reading

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