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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 … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 25-26, 1966, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections. The Court was asked to decide if the State of Virginia could require their citizens to pay a poll tax (or fee) … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1951 an all-Anglo grand jury indicted Pete Hernandez for murder in Jackson County, Texas, and then an all-Anglo petit jury found him guilty.  Hernandez was of Mexican descent, so his attorneys attempted to quash both the indictment and jury … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 19,1994, the United States Supreme Court held in J.E.B. v. Alabama that the Equal Protection clause prohibits gender-based discrimination during jury selection. Justice Blackmun, who authored the majority Opinion, explained– “Equal opportunity to participate in the fair administration … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1966 the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections.  The Court was asked to decide if the State of Virginia could require their citizens to pay a poll tax … Continue reading

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The 1967 Right to Marry Case

In 1958 Mildred Jeter, part Black and part Native American, and Richard Loving, a white man, married in Washington, D.C.  Afterwards, they returned to Virginia where they planned to settle down.  According to state law at the time, interracial marriages … Continue reading

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On This Day 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 … Continue reading

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On This Day in Legal History

In 1927, the United States Supreme #Court decided Gong Lum v. Rice. The issue was whether a Chinese student had a constitutional right to attend an all-white public school in her district.  The Supreme Court said that she didn’t.  Chief … Continue reading

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A Diverse Student Body Better Prepares Future Lawyers

On this date in 2003, the United States Supreme Court decided the case Grutter v. Bollinger.  Barbara Grutter was a white, female, resident from Michigan.  She sued the University of Michigan Law School after she was rejected.  She claimed that … Continue reading

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