Monthly Archives: September 2015

Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis

On this day in 1857 Associate Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis resigned from the United States Supreme Court.  Six years earlier he was nominated to the court by President Fillmore.  He’s probably best known for his dissenting opinion in the disappointing Dred … Continue reading

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Chief Justice John Roberts

On this day in 2005 John Roberts was sworn in as the 17th chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. Senior Associate Justice John Paul Stevens administered the oath of office in the East Room of the White House. … Continue reading

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The American Museum of Tort Law

This past Saturday the first law museum–the American Museum of Tort Law– opened in Winsted, Connecticut. At the convocation Ralph Nader, who founded the museum, explained that we should celebrate the laws that ensure companies act responsibly.  He emphasized how … Continue reading

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Justice Hugo Black

Justice Hugo Black died on this date in 1971, eight days after he retired from the United States Supreme Court.  He was President Franklin Roosevelt’s first appointee to the Court. When the President nominated him he was a Senator from … Continue reading

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The Judiciary Act of 1789

The Judiciary Act of 1789 was signed into law on this date.  The Act created our federal court system.  It stated the Supreme Court was to have a chief justice and five associate justices (today there are eight associate justices). … Continue reading

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Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan

President Eisenhower nominated John Marshall Harlan to the United States Supreme Court.  He was confirmed by the Senate ( in a vote 71-11) and sworn in as an Associate Justice on March 28, 1955.  He served on the court for … Continue reading

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

President Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court.  The Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination (99-0) on this date in 1981.  Take a look at the Congressional Record– http://goo.gl/WnRvev.  She became the first woman to serve on … Continue reading

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The 1st Supreme Court Justice to Attend Law School

On September 20, 1845, President James Polk nominated Levi Woodbury to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court until 1851.  He was the first Supreme Court justice to attend law school.  He studied at Tapping Reeve’s Litchfield … Continue reading

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Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

On September 19, 1907, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. was born.  From 1972-1987 he served on the United States Supreme Court.  Learn more about the Supreme Court justice @ http://goo.gl/6cnsSi.

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Justice Stephen Breyer on The Late Show

Yesterday Justice Stephen Breyer appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Watch this fun interview at  https://goo.gl/LTBKP1.

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William Howard Taft

On this date in 1857 the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and the 27th President was born. Learn more @ http://goo.gl/rm8ZrZ.

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Who Was Margaret Chase Smith?

On September 13, 1948, Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the United States Senate (after serving four terms in the House of Representatives).  She became the first woman elected to both houses of Congress.  All told, she was a member … Continue reading

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Integration of Little Rock School Was Ordered On This Date

On September 12, 1958, the Supreme Court decided Cooper v. Aaron.  In that case, the Little Rock School Board asked the Court to postpone the integration of their high school.  The Arkansas Governor and Legislature stirred up trouble and incited … Continue reading

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Ford Pardoned Nixon On This Date

On September 8, 1974, President Ford pardoned former President Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office.  Ford cited his authority to do so pursuant to Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. He explained … Continue reading

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The Reason We Celebrate Labor Day

Learn about the history and the reason we celebrate Labor Day at the United States Department of Labor website– http://goo.gl/rcEsP.

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Which Presidential Hopeful is Celebrating His Birthday Today?

On this day in 1962 Governor Chris Christie was born. He earned a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1987.  He practiced law in the private sector until 2002, when he was appointed U.S. Attorney for … Continue reading

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

President George W. Bush nominated John G. Roberts, Jr., initially, to fill retiring Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat on the United States Supreme Court. However, after Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist passed away on September 3, 2005, on this … Continue reading

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Justice Henry Billings Brown

Associate Justice Henry Billings Brown served on the United States Supreme Court from 1891-1906. He passed away on this date in 1913. Learn more about this justice @ http://goo.gl/A8NfM7.

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Judge Sides With Tom Brady

Today United States District Judge Richard M Berman vacated Tom Brady’s four-game suspension. You can read the judge’s entire Opinion at http://goo.gl/yqmE7d.

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Remembering Chief Justice William Rehnquist

On this day in ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­2005 former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist passed away. Learn more about this influential justice at http://goo.gl/2EMHsU.

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