Monthly Archives: December 2015

In The News This Week

Yesterday United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was interviewed on This Week.  You can listen to the entire interview at http://goo.gl/qpgrg5.

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On This Date in Legal History

On this day in 2006 former President (and lawyer) Gerald Ford passed away. Learn about his legal and political careers at http://goo.gl/s0vjsE.

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On December 25, 1962, the movie To Kill a Mockingbird opened.  Learn more at http://goo.gl/jljY20 and http://goo.gl/RT4GzQ.

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Happy Holidays!

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year.

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Remembering Attorney Joe Jamail

Well-known Texas lawyer Joe Jamail has passed away.  He was known by many as the “King of Torts.”  Read about this renowned litigator at http://goo.gl/EwBT2y.

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On This Date in Legal History

On December 22, 2010, President Obama signed the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that prevented gays from serving openly in our military. Read what was said at the signing ceremony at https://goo.gl/c3w6nh.  You can learn more about … Continue reading

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On December 21, 1942, the United States Supreme Court Bar convened to reflect on the life and work of former Associate Justice Louis D. Brandeis. To learn more about this brilliant jurist take a look at the transcribed proceedings at … Continue reading

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An Oklahoma law permitted 18 year old females to purchase 3.2% beer but barred males from purchasing the same beer until they were 21. In Craig v. Boren that law was challenged, and on this date in 1976 the United … Continue reading

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Justice Smith Thompson

In 1823 President James Monroe nominated Smith Thompson to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the court until his death on December 18, 1843.  Learn more about this justice at http://goo.gl/tsXq5g or https://goo.gl/UhChpW.

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1944 the United States Supreme Court decided Korematsu v. United States.  The Court held that it was constitutional to detain Japanese-American citizens in internment camps during wartime.  Learn more at http://goo.gl/vbPeot.

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On This Date in Legal History

On December 17, 1975, the Senate confirmed (in a 98-0 vote) the nomination of John Paul Stevens to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  View the Congressional Record at http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/603_1975.pdf.

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Judge George Lewis Ruffin

On this date in 1834 George Lewis Ruffin was born.  He was the first African-American to graduate Harvard Law School and, on November 19, 1883, he became the first African-American to serve as a judge in Massachusetts.  Learn more about … Continue reading

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Happy Bill of Rights Day!

On this day in 1791 the first ten amendments to our Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, became law.  Take a look at the amendments @ http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html#text.

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On This Date in Legal History

The Heart of Atlanta Motel refused to provide lodging to African American travelers.  It sought a ruling by the court that Congress overstepped its authority when it passed Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Act prohibited … Continue reading

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A Massachusetts law granted schools and churches the power to prevent businesses, within a 500-foot radius of their premises, from obtaining a liquor license.  After a church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, raised an objection to a restaurant obtaining a liquor license, … Continue reading

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Batson was a Black man accused of committing a felony.  At his trial the prosecutor removed all Blacks from serving on the jury, so he had an all-White panel.  He objected claiming his equal protection rights were violated, however, the … Continue reading

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On this date in 1973 the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Lau v. Nichols.  Non-English-speaking Chinese students claimed that the San Francisco School District failed to provide them with English instruction violating Title VI of the Civil … Continue reading

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On this date in 1952 and 1953 the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  Learn more at http://goo.gl/ti9gZN and https://goo.gl/orzmft.

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1971 the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Wisconsin v. Yoder.  This case arose because families that practiced the Amish and Mennonite religions refused to send their children to school after the eighth grade … Continue reading

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On this day in 1964 the United States Supreme Court decided McLaughlin v. Florida. The defendants were an unmarried interracial couple living together, even though Florida law banned “any Negro man and white woman, or any white man and Negro … Continue reading

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