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On This Date in Legal History

In July 1991 President George H.W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to replace Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the United States Supreme Court.  Thomas was only 43 years old.  His confirmation hearings were contentious.  A former employee, … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Louis Brandeis was the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice. His nomination was very controversial. His appointment (by President Wilson) prompted a confirmation hearing for the first time in history. (Now they’re commonplace.)  Eventually the Senate confirmed his nomination in a … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 13, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its confirmation hearings on President Obama’s nominee Sonia Sotomayor for Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. You can read the minutes from the entire proceedings @ http://1.usa.gov/1Sj63rQ. On August … Continue reading

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