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On This Date in Legal History

In 1965 Joseph Lee Jones tried to purchase a home in St. Louis County, Missouri.  The developer refused to sell to him because he was African American, so he sued.  On April 1, 1968, his case was argued before the … Continue reading

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The case Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld arose after a widower, Steven C. Wiesenfeld (“Wiesenfeld”) was denied his Social Security survivor benefits upon his wife’s death during childbirth. Wiesenfeld opted not to work (outside the home) in order to raise their child. His wife, … Continue reading

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On March 7, 1927, the United States Supreme Court decided Nixon v. Herndon.  The case arose after an African American living in Texas was denied the right to vote in a Democratic primary election.  A Texas statute stated– “in no event … Continue reading

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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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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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On This Date in Legal History

On December 7, 1964, the United States Supreme Court decided McLaughlin v. Florida. The defendants were an unmarried interracial couple living together, even though Florida law banned “any Negro man and white woman, or any white man and Negro woman” from cohabitation. … Continue reading

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The Americans With Disabilities Act

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This historic civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination against those with disabilities. Watch the signing ceremony at http://bit.ly/1SHz1BJ, and learn more about the Act at http://bit.ly/1eowfUy. … Continue reading

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Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell was an African-American civil rights activist. She fought to desegregate Washington D.C. In 1949, she and others visited a segregated popular restaurant, John R. Thompson Co., Inc. The restaurant refused to serve those who weren’t white. A … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1965 Joseph Lee Jones tried to purchase a home in St. Louis County, Missouri.  The developer refused to sell to him because he was African American, so he sued.  On April 1, 1968, his case was argued before the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 7, 1927, the United States Supreme Court decided Nixon v. Herndon.  The case arose after an African American living in Texas was denied the right to vote in a Democratic primary election.  A Texas statute stated– “in no … Continue reading

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In 1903 the Oregon legislature enacted a statute providing, “no female [shall] be employed in any mechanical establishment or factory or laundry” “more than ten hours during any one day.” Curt Muller, the owner of a laundry, was convicted of … Continue reading

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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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On December 22, 2010, President Obama signed the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that prevented gays from serving openly in our military. Read what was said at the signing ceremony at https://goo.gl/c3w6nh.  You can learn more about … Continue reading

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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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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 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 Title VI of the Civil … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this day in 1964 the United States Supreme Court decided McLaughlin v. Florida. The defendants were an unmarried interracial couple living together, even though Florida law banned “any Negro man and white woman, or any white man and Negro … Continue reading

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Colorado Court Says a Baker Unlawfully Refused to Sell a Cake to a Same-Sex Couple

This past week a panel of three judges from the Colorado Court of Appeals held that a baker unlawfully refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple.  You can read the entire decision at https://goo.gl/L7Mx9N.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This historic civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination against those with disabilities. Watch the signing ceremony @ http://bit.ly/1SHz1BJ, or learn more about the Act … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

Joseph Lee Jones, an African American, tried to purchase a home in St. Louis County in 1965. The developer refused to sell to him based on his race so he sued.  On April 1, 1968, his case was argued before … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this day in 1964, the United States Supreme Court decided McLaughlin v. Florida. The defendants were an unmarried interracial couple living together, even though Florida law banned “any Negro man and white woman, or any white man and Negro … Continue reading

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