Monthly Archives: July 2016

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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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 for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. You can read the transcript from the hearings at https://goo.gl/GMPXUs. The Senators discuss … 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, in 1963 he successfully represented Clarence Earl Gideon before the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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The Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act

On July 27, 1965, 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 the law at http://1.usa.gov/1et8g6D.

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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 at http://bit.ly/1SHz1BJ, and learn more about the Act at http://bit.ly/1eowfUy. … Continue reading

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Justice Arthur J. Goldberg

On July 25, 1965, former Associate Justice Arthur J. Goldberg retired from the United States Supreme Court. Read a fascinating profile of the justice at https://www.oyez.org/justices/arthur_j_goldberg.

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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 were relevant in the Watergate case. The Court rejected the President’s argument that the tapes were protected by … Continue reading

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Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

On July 23, 1936, Justice Anthony Kennedy was born in Sacramento, California. In November 1987 President Reagan nominated him to the United States Supreme Court. On February 3, 1988, the Senate confirmed his nomination in a vote of 97 yeas … 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 July 22, 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. New … Continue reading

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Scopes Was Found Guilty Today in 1925

On July 21, 1925, John T. Scopes was found guilty of violating the Butler Act by teaching evolution. He was fined $100. Learn more about this interesting case at http://goo.gl/9EKcRe.

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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 17, 1984, President Reagan signed into law the Minimum Drinking Age Act. The Act mandates that “States prohibit persons under 21 years of age from purchasing or publicly possessing alcoholic beverages as a condition of receiving State highway … Continue reading

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Associate Justice Samuel Freeman Miller

On July 16, 1862, President Lincoln nominated Samuel Freeman Miller to the United States Supreme Court. Prior to serving on the Court, he practiced medicine for ten years, and law for twelve years. On October 13, 1890, he passed away, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 15, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor (to the Supreme Court) continued at the Hart Senate Office Building. You can find the transcript of testimony taken on that day, starting … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 14, 1917, suffragist Amelia Himes Walker was arrested for picketing outside the White House, and imprisoned for 60 days. Three years later, on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was finally ratified. The Amendment guarantees women the right … Continue reading

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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 at  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 and http://bit.ly/1LYxMhB.

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The Scopes Trial

On July 10, 1925, criminal proceedings began in the case of the State of Tennessee vs John Thomas Scopes. John Scopes was indicted for teaching the prohibited subject of evolution at a Dayton, Tennessee, public school. A jury found him guilty … Continue reading

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Chief Justice Earl Warren

President Eisenhower nominated Earl Warren as the 14th chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. On October 5, 1953, he was sworn in, and soon after (on May 17, 1954), the Court decided the landmark case of Brown v. Board of … Continue reading

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