Monthly Archives: July 2015

The First Patent Issued

On July 31, 1790, the first patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins.  You can learn about patents and trademarks, and search for any patent issued, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) website http://1.usa.gov/1ItzqCi.

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The Social Security Amendments of 1965

On July 30, 1965, fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed the “Social Security Amendments of 1965” Act into law.  Medicare and Medicaid were established. Both are health insurance programs.  Medicare is for the elderly. Medicaid is for low income … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 29, 1986, the Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings on President Reagan’s nomination of William Hubbs Rehnquist to be Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. On June 17, 1986, Chief Justice Warren Burger formally retired from the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 28, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson nominated Abe Fortas to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He was known as a brilliant jurist. In fact, he successfully represented Clarence Earl Gideon before the Supreme Court in Gideon v. … Continue reading

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The Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act

On July 27, 1965, fifty years ago today, Congress passed the “Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act”. The Act provides that all cigarette containers must have a conspicuous warning—“Caution: Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health.” You can read … Continue reading

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The Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This historic civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination against those with disabilities. Watch the signing ceremony @ http://bit.ly/1SHz1BJ, or learn more about the Act … Continue reading

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Bill Kristol Interviews Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito

This past week Justice Samuel Alito was interviewed on Conversations with Bill Kristol. To learn more about the 110th Supreme Court Justice listen to the program @ http://bit.ly/1MkGOGS. Justice Alito speaks about his education, his work as an attorney, the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court decided United States v. Nixon.  President Nixon was ordered to produce the audio recordings that he made that were relevant in the Watergate case.  The Court rejected his argument that the tapes were … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Justice Kennedy

On July 23, 1936, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was born.  In November 1987 President Reagan nominated him to the United States Supreme Court.  On February 3, 1988, the Senate confirmed his nomination.  Take a look at the Congressional Record … Continue reading

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The First African-American Female Judge

Jane Bolin was the first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School. On this date in 1939, she also became the first African-American female judge in the United States.  She was sworn in by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia of New York. … Continue reading

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Scopes Was Found Guilty Today in 1925

On July 21, 1925, John T. Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution.  He was fined $100.  Read more at http://www.lawsuitgame.com/blog/?p=2353.

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The President Makes History

This past week President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. He stressed the need for sentencing and prison reform.  Listen to his remarks @ http://1.usa.gov/1VkwIss.

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 20, 1990, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan retired after serving on the United States Supreme Court for over 33 years earlier. President Eisenhower appointed him on October 15, 1956. In July 1997, he passed away, but his legacy … Continue reading

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The Seneca Falls Convention

On July 19, 1848, the women’s rights movement in the United States was born. The Seneca Falls Convention began in New York State. Learn more @ http://1.usa.gov/1mDpETI.

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 13, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its confirmation hearings on President Obama’s nominee Sonia Sotomayor for Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. You can read the minutes from the entire proceedings @ http://1.usa.gov/1Sj63rQ. On August … Continue reading

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Remembering Alexander Hamilton

On July 12, 1804, Alexander Hamilton passed away as a result of an injury he sustained during a duel with Aaron Burr.  Hamilton was quite accomplished.  He was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention, a military leader, the first Secretary … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 11, 1921, William Howard Taft was sworn in as the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  He’s been the only President to serve on the Supreme Court.  To learn more visit http://bit.ly/1RqDOfK or http://bit.ly/1LYxMhB.

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The Scopes Trial

The criminal trial against John Scopes began on this date in 1925.  Scopes, a science instructor, was indicted for teaching the prohibited subject of evolution in a Dayton, Tennessee public school.  A jury found him guilty of violating Tennessee’s “Butler … Continue reading

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Remembering Chief Justice Earl Warren

President Eisenhower nominated Earl Warren as the 14th chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.  On March 1, 1954, the Senate confirmed his appointment.  Less than three months later the Court decided the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education.  … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 8, 1974, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case United States v. Nixon. The case arose after a subpoena was issued in the Watergate break-in case demanding that President Nixon produce his secretly recorded … Continue reading

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