Monthly Archives: December 2016

On This Date in Legal History

On December 31, 1884, Stanley Reed was born.  He served as our twenty-third Solicitor General from 1935-1938, and as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court from 1938-1957.  Learn more about Justice Reed at https://goo.gl/oDylMI and https://goo.gl/PlfgVc.

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This Week in the News

Two high school students had a heated argument over Twitter after a shooting. Their Twitter exchange led to one of the students being adjudicated delinquent. The student appealed the adjudication. This week the Colorado Court of Appeals reversed the lower … Continue reading

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Former Supreme Court Justice Henry B. Brown

President Benjamin Harrison nominated Henry Billings Brown to the United States Supreme Court. On December 29, 1890, the Senate confirmed his nomination. He served on the Court until 1906. Justice Brown authored hundreds of decisions; however, he’s best remembered for … Continue reading

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Former Justice William Johnson

On December 27, 1771, William Johnson was born. Thomas Jefferson appointed him to the court where he served from 1804-1834. Learn about this justice at https://www.oyez.org/justices/william_johnson.

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On This Date in Legal History

On December 26, 2006, former President (and lawyer) Gerald R. Ford passed away. Learn about his legal and political careers at http://goo.gl/s0vjsE.

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On This Date in Legal History

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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Former Supreme Court Justice William Paterson

On December 24, 1745, William Paterson was born in northern Ireland. In 1793, George Washington appointed him as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Prior to that appointment, he practiced law, and served as the first New … Continue reading

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Happy holidays!

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Former Associate Justice Louis D. Brandeis

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 http://goo.gl/W98H6d.

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On This Date in Legal History

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 December 20, 1976, the United States Supreme Court … 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 December 18, 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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George Lewis Ruffin

On December 16, 1834, George Lewis Ruffin was born. He was the first African-American to graduate Harvard Law School, and in 1883, he became the first African-American to serve as a judge in Massachusetts. Learn more about him at http://goo.gl/AQY043 or http://goo.gl/v1GYNU.

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Happy Bill of Rights Day!

On December 15, 1791, the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, were ratified. Take a look at the Amendments at https://goo.gl/0x9nEG. Read President Obama’s Proclamation for Bill of Rights Day at https://goo.gl/GmEexj.

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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 Fun, Legal-Themed, Board Game for the Holidays!

The award-winning, fun, educational, legal-themed, LAWSUIT! board game would make a unique, holiday gift for ages 8 and up. LAWSUIT! is sold at specialty retail shops, including at the United States Supreme Court and National Constitution Center. You’ll also find it … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

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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On This Date in Legal History

James 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 constitutional rights were being violated under … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On December 10, 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 the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act … Continue reading

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