Associate Justice Hugo Black

Justice Hugo Black died on this date in 1971, eight days after he retired from the Supreme Court.  He was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first appointee to the Court.  When the President nominated him he was a Senator from Alabama.  Many called into question the appointment when it became known that he was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan—however, he joined only to further his career.  Notably, his judicial opinions never indicated otherwise.  He was on the Court from 1937-1971.  Listen to this C-Span program to learn more @  Justice Black’s wife, son, and former law clerk are interviewed, along with Professor Steven Eagle from George Mason University School of Law and Roger Newman, the author of Hugo Black: A Biography.

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

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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