Monthly Archives: August 2017

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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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President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the United States Supreme Court. On August 30, 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 more … Continue reading

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Learn about our judicial system in a fun way.  Take a look at the LAWSUIT!™ board game at https://goo.gl/KHaVnU.

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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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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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On August 25, 1998, former Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell 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. Learn more about Justice Powell … Continue reading

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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 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 … Continue reading

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On August 19, 1981, President Reagan sent a letter to the U.S. Senate nominating  Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court. Take a look at his letter at https://goo.gl/nA6Bxz. The Senate unanimously confirmed her appointment in a 99-0 vote … Continue reading

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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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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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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 at http://1.usa.gov/1JX7SKO.

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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 August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Hugo Black to the U.S. 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 … Continue reading

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On August 11, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt announced the recess appointment of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. to the United States Supreme Court after accepting Justice Gray’s resignation. See President Roosevelt’s letter to Justice Gray at http://goo.gl/S5ZtnF.  To learn about Justice Holmes … Continue reading

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On August 10, 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Read more about her at http://bit.ly/1MfCTK6.

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On August 9, 1974, President Nixon became the first, and only, president to resign from office. Take a look at his letter of resignation at http://goo.gl/bkgnWM. The Watergate scandal caused his, and his administration’s demise. Read Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski’s Memorandum, … Continue reading

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On August 8, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the first Hispanic justice to sit on the United States Supreme Court. Watch her swearing-in ceremony at http://goo.gl/iVxlaA, and read more about her at http://goo.gl/fzzxJo.

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