Monthly Archives: August 2016

On This Date in Legal History

John Blair, Jr. was a signer of the U.S. Constitution and a former Supreme Court justice. In 1789 George Washington appointed him to the court, and he served as a justice until 1796. On August 31, 1800, he passed away. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

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. Learn … Continue reading

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Thurgood Marshall

On August 30, 1967, the Senate confirmed President Johnson’s nominee, Thurgood Marshall, to the United States Supreme Court. View the Congressional Record from that day at http://goo.gl/yKSlzW.

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Former Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter

President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Felix Frankfurter to the United States Supreme Court. On January 17, 1939, the Senate confirmed his appointment. After serving 23 years on the court, on August 28, 1962, he retired. If you’d like to learn … Continue reading

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Remembering Charles Evans Hughes

On August 27, 1948, Charles Evans Hughes passed away. From 1910-1916 he was an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court, and from 1930-1941 he was the Chief Justice. He was the 39th Governor of New York (1907-1910), and … Continue reading

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Women’s Equality Day

On August 26, 1920, women won the right to vote. Read the New York Times article that reported on this historic event at http://goo.gl/xHLtN7. To learn about the history of Women’s Equality Day visit http://goo.gl/jdBOvj.

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Remembering Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell

On September 19,1907, Lewis F. Powell was born, and on August 25, 1998, he passed away. In 1971, President Nixon nominated him to the Supreme Court. On June 26, 1987, he retired from the Court after serving over 15 years. … 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 been … Continue reading

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How Our Criminal Justice System Works

The United States Courts has 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 describe … 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. You’ll learn about the current and former Supreme Court justices, and the history of the court. The docents are quite … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 21, 1878, seventy-five lawyers established the American Bar Association (“ABA”). Today, this national lawyers’ association 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 at … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 8, 1964, President Johnson vowed in his State of the Union speech an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” On August 20, 1964, he tried to fulfill that promise by signing the Economic Opportunity Act. Take a look … Continue reading

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Sandra Day O’Connor

On July 7, 1981, President Reagan announced his intent to nominate Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court. You’ll find his statement at http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=44042. On August 19, 1981, the President sent a letter to the Senate confirming the … Continue reading

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The 19th Amendment

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified. 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.” Finally, … 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 when he described his relationship with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. You can listen to the President’s grand jury testimony at … Continue reading

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Attorney General Griffin Boyette Bell

President Carter nominated Griffin Bell as the 72nd Attorney General of the United States. On January 25, 1977, the Senate confirmed his nomination, and Bell served as Attorney General until August 16, 1979.  Learn more about this distinguished jurist at https://www.justice.gov/ag/bio/bell-griffin-boyette and … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

On August 15, 1938, 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. Take a look at the Senate’s … 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 … Continue reading

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A Pioneer for Women’s Rights

On August 13, 1818, Lucy Stone was born. She advocated to abolish slavery, but today is best remembered for her work in the women’s rights movement. 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 the Supreme Court. Soon after it was revealed that he had once been a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Nonetheless, the Senate confirmed Black in a vote … Continue reading

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