Monthly Archives: August 2015

Justice Thurgood Marshall

President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the United States Supreme Court.  On this date in 1967 the Senate confirmed his nomination, and he became the first African-American to serve on the Court.  Read the Congressional Record here– http://goo.gl/yKSlzW.   … Continue reading

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Justice Felix Frankfurter

In 1939 President Franklin Roosevelt nominated Felix Frankfurter to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court for over 23 years and retired on this date in 1962. If you’d like to learn more about the Justice take … Continue reading

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Remembering Charles Evans Hughes

On this day in 1948 Charles Evans Hughes passed away. From 1910-1916 he was an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court, and from 1930 to 1941 he was the Chief Justice. He was the 39th Governor of New … Continue reading

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Let’s Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

On this day in 1920 women won the right to vote. Read the New York Times article that reported on this historic event in 1920 at http://goo.gl/xHLtN7.

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Remembering Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

On September 19,1907, United States Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell was born, and on this day in 1998 he passed away. In 1971, President Nixon nominated him to the Supreme Court. On June 26, 1987, he retired from the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 24, 1981, Mark David Chapman was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years to life in prison for the December 8, 1980, murder of John Lennon. He’s been up for parole several times but his applications have always … Continue reading

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The Pretrial & Probation Process

Last week United States Courts released a great video that discusses how our criminal justice system works.  The panel includes: U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson, probation officer Jesse Sorkness and Matt Rowland, from the Probation & Pretrial Services Office. They … Continue reading

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The United States Supreme Court

If you visit Washington, D.C. this summer your itinerary ought to include a visit to the United States Supreme Court.  Docents are welcoming and available to answer your questions.  You’ll learn about current and former Supreme Court justices, and the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this day in 1878 seventy-five lawyers established the American Bar Association (“ABA”). This national lawyer association now has almost 400,000 members.  To learn more read their mission statement at http://goo.gl/g5KT8h. You’ll also find a timeline of the association’s history … Continue reading

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Sandra Day O’Connor

President Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court on this date in 1981.  The United States Senate unanimously confirmed her appointment, and on September 25, 1981, she became the first woman to serve on the Court. … Continue reading

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The 19th Amendment

The 19th Amendment was ratified on this date in 1920.  It states– “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 17, 1998, President Clinton testified before a grand jury that was investigating whether he perjured himself (under oath) when he described his relationship with a White House intern Monica Lewinsky. You can listen to the President’s grand jury … Continue reading

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Remembering Julian Bond

Julian Bond, a civil rights leader, politician, and former NAACP chairman, died this weekend. He’s best remembered as a civil rights activist, but he also fought for free speech. On June 15,1965, he was elected for the first time to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Justice Breyer

On August 15, 1938, United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was born. On May 13, 1994, President Clinton appointed him to the Supreme Court.  On July 29, 1994, the Senate confirmed his nomination– the vote was 87-9. On August … Continue reading

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The Social Security Act

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act.  Read the law at http://1.usa.gov/1HLn9Z3.   To learn more watch the Social Security Administration’s video that delves into the history and benefits of the program–http://1.usa.gov/1JX7SKO.

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Colorado Court Says a Baker Unlawfully Refused to Sell a Cake to a Same-Sex Couple

This past week a panel of three judges from the Colorado Court of Appeals held that a baker unlawfully refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple.  You can read the entire decision at https://goo.gl/L7Mx9N.

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A Pioneer for Women’s Rights

On August 13, 1818, Lucy Stone was born.  Lucy Stone actively advocated to end slavery, but has been best known as a trailblazer for women’s rights. Learn more by listening to Sally McMilllen, author of Lucy Stone: An Unapologetic Life … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Hugo Black to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Soon after it was revealed that he had once been a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Nonetheless, the Senate … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 11, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt announced the recess appointment of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. to the United States Supreme Court after accepting Justice Gray’s resignation. Visit President Roosevelt’s Library to read a letter he wrote to Justice Gray– http://goo.gl/S5ZtnF. … Continue reading

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On August 10, 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the 107th justice on the United States Supreme Court. Read more about her at http://bit.ly/1MfCTK6.

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