Monthly Archives: February 2016

Courtroom Illustrations

In many jurisdictions cameras aren’t permitted inside the courtroom, so sketch artists are relied upon to capture, visually, what happens at court proceedings. This past week the Library of Congress acquired 96 courtroom illustrations, sketched by well-known artists Aggie Kenny, … Continue reading

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The 22nd Amendment

The 22nd Amendment was ratified on February 27, 1951.  The Amendment establishes term limits for the president– no person can serve for more than two four-year terms. Learn more at http://goo.gl/hF3UM0.

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On This Date in Legal History

On February 26, 1962, the United States Supreme Court unequivocally stated in Bailey v. Patterson that “no State may require racial segregation of interstate or intrastate transportation facilities.” The Justices explained that would be unconstitutional.

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 2, 1961, African American students gathered to protest racial segregation in South Carolina. They began their demonstration in a church and marched to the State House in small groups of about 15. There were 187 students, in all. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1914 the United States Supreme Court decided Weeks v. United States. The case involved an unlawful search and seizure. Read more at http://goo.gl/lP7UU7.

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1903 the Oregon legislature enacted a statute providing, “no female [shall] be employed in any mechanical establishment or factory or laundry” “more than ten hours during any one day.” Curt Muller, the owner of a laundry, was convicted of … Continue reading

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler

One extremely entertaining (and educational) way of celebrating Black History Month is by watching Lee Daniels’ The Butler. This historical drama traces the fictional life of a former slave, Cecil Gaines, who becomes a butler for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, … Continue reading

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Honoring Peter Paul & Mary

Last evening Cardozo Law School’s Journal of Conflict Resolution presented Peter Paul and Mary with their 2015 International Advocate for Peace Award. (Peter Yarrow accepted the award on the group’s behalf.)  They were recognized as active participants in the civil rights … Continue reading

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Remembering Justice Felix Frankfurter

On November 15, 1882, former Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter was born in Austria. In 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt nominated him to the United States Supreme Court. Unlike nowadays, it wasn’t customary for nominees to appear before the Senate … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

Lawyer, educator and trailblazing politician Barbara Jordan was born on February 21, 1936.  She was the first African-American woman elected to the Texas Senate.  While serving in the Senate members elected her president pro tempore.  Then in 1972 she became … Continue reading

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The 21st Amendment

On February 20, 1933, Congress proposed the 21st Amendment to repeal prohibition. On December 5, 1933, the Amendment was ratified by the States. Learn more at https://goo.gl/3D0gAw and watch this interesting newsreel from that period https://goo.gl/gVxqEo.

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Executive Order 9066

West coast residents became very suspicious of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. They were concerned that Japanese Americans would assist Japan in further attacking the U.S. The hysteria eventually caused President Franklin Delano Roosevelt … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

In November 1987 President Reagan nominated Judge Anthony Kennedy to the United States Supreme Court.  You can watch President Reagan’s press conference at http://goo.gl/hzSncr.  At the time he was serving as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

The 5th Amendment states private property can’t “be taken for public use, without just compensation.”  In 1822 John Barron brought a lawsuit against the City of Baltimore claiming their actions caused him to lose the use of his wharf— violating … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

From 1914 to 1932 Benjamin Nathan Cardozo served on the New York State Court of Appeals (initially as an Associate Justice, later as Chief Justice). On February 15, 1932, President Hoover appointed him to the United States Supreme Court where he … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Yesterday United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away. Aptly referred to as a “legal giant,” he was a well-respected jurist with a remarkable intellect. He’ll be most remembered for his view as an originalist and textualist. As an … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Louis Brandeis was the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice. His nomination was very controversial. His appointment (by President Wilson) prompted a confirmation hearing for the first time in history. (Now they’re commonplace.)  Eventually the Senate confirmed his nomination in a … Continue reading

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Let’s Celebrate Former President (Attorney) Abe Lincoln

On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Before becoming our 16th President he was a well-respected lawyer.  You can learn about his legal career at http://goo.gl/Xa9ix9. He’s most remembered, however, for his accomplishments as president, including the passage of … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On February 10, 1947, the United States Supreme Court decided Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing. A taxpayer, Everson, sued the government claiming it was unconstitutional to use tax money to reimburse bus fare of parochial … Continue reading

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February is National African American History Month

In honor of National African American History Month I recommend watching the film “Mr. Civil Rights—Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP.”  The film traces Thurgood Marshall’s life as a civil rights attorney.  Prior to becoming the first African American Supreme Court … Continue reading

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