Monthly Archives: September 2016

Associate Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis

On September 30, 1857, Associate Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis resigned from the United States Supreme Court. He’s probably best known for his dissenting opinion in the infamous Dred Scott v. Sandford decision. In Dred Scott the Court held that African-American slaves (and their descendants) were … Continue reading

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Chief Justice John Roberts

On September 29, 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. You can … Continue reading

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Patsy Takemoto Mink

In 1964, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color to serve in Congress. She served in the House from 1965-1977, and from 1990 until her death on September 28, 2002. Learn more about this attorney-turned-politician at goo.gl/nxYVQw.

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Justice David H. Souter

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush nominated David H. Souter to the United States Supreme Court. On September 13, 1990, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its hearings on the nomination. You can read the transcript at atgoo.gl/294R9Z. On September 27, 1990, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On September 26, 1789, the Senate confirmed John Jay as the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He also served as the first Chief Justice of the New York Supreme Court. Learn more about the Justice’s other … Continue reading

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Justice Hugo Black

On September 25, 1971, former Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black died, eight days after he retired from the Court. He was a Senator from Alabama when President Roosevelt nominated him as an Associate Justice. Many called into question the appointment … Continue reading

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The Judiciary Act of 1789

On September 24, 1789, President George Washington signed into law the Judiciary Act. The Act created our federal court system. It stated the Supreme Court was to have a chief justice and five associate justices (but Congress has since increased … Continue reading

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Justice John Marshall Harlan

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

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On This Date in Legal History

On September 22, 1862, President Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Read the document at goo.gl/IvCL9R.

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

President Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court. On September 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination (99-0). Take a look at the Congressional Record– http://goo.gl/WnRvev. She became the first woman to serve on the … Continue reading

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Justice Levi Woodbury

On September 20, 1845, President James Polk nominated Levi Woodbury to the United States Supreme Court. According to the Supreme Court Historical Society, he was the first Associate Justice to attend law school. He attended Tapping Reeve Law School in … 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 Justice Powell at http://goo.gl/6cnsSi.

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On This Date In Legal History

On September 18, 1975, the FBI arrested Patricia Hearst, the granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, for her participation in a bank robbery. She claimed that kidnappers from the Symbionese Liberation Army (“SLA”) brainwashed her– causing her to engage … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine delegates gathered to sign our Constitution.  Learn more by visiting the National Archives at goo.gl/1g9iC.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Yesterday President Obama proclaimed September 15 through October 15, 2016–  National Hispanic Heritage Month. Read the President’s Proclamation at goo.gl/oaaMTu. During this month we should reflect on the countless contributions Hispanic Americans have made to this country. Learn more at … Continue reading

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William Howard Taft

On September 15, 1857, the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and the 27th President was born. Learn more @ goo.gl/GNZmBO and goo.gl/MCIz1y.

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Constance Baker Motley

On September 14, 1921, Constance Baker Motley was born in New Haven, Connecticut.  In 1966, when President Johnson appointed her to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, she became the first African-American woman to … Continue reading

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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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On This Date in Legal History

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 mayhem … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

Today is Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. We honor those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Read President Obama’s Proclamation at http://goo.gl/Tku2cs; and learn more about 9/11 at http://www.911memorial.org/faq-about-911.

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