On This Date in Legal History

In the case of Reed v. Reed, Sally Reed and her former husband, Cecil, each petitioned an Idaho Probate Court to be appointed administrator of their son’s estate. The Court appointed Cecil Reed without analyzing either parent’s qualifications, since an Idaho law dating back to 1864, mandated that males be preferred over females as representatives. Sally Reed argued the statute was unconstitutional.

Attorneys of record for Sally Reed-- Allen Derr & Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Attorneys of record for Sally Reed– Allen Derr & Ruth Bader Ginsberg

On this day in 1971, the Supreme Court agreed and found the Idaho law violated the Equal Protection Clause.  You can listen to the oral argument at https://goo.gl/1Q9gsd. Notably, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the attorneys of record for Sally Reed.

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Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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