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On This Date in Legal History

On March 16, 1931, Aldridge v. United States was argued before the United States Supreme Court. The case involved a black criminal defendant, Alfred Scott Aldridge, who was charged with murdering a white police officer. At Aldridge’s trial, his attorney asked the … Continue reading

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Former Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter

President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Felix Frankfurter to the United States Supreme Court. On January 17, 1939, the Senate confirmed his appointment. After serving 23 years on the court, on August 28, 1962, he retired. If you’d like to learn … Continue reading

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Remembering Charles Evans Hughes

On August 27, 1948, Charles Evans Hughes passed away. From 1910-1916 he was an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court, and from 1930-1941 he was the Chief Justice. He was the 39th Governor of New York (1907-1910), and … Continue reading

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Benjamin Nathan Cardozo

On May 24, 1870, Benjamin Nathan Cardozo was born. From 1914 to 1932 he served on the New York State Court of Appeals (initially as an Associate Justice, later as Chief Justice). In 1932 President Hoover appointed him to the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 14, 1970, President Nixon nominated Harry A. Blackmun to the United States Supreme Court.  On May 12, 1970, the Senate confirmed his nomination.  Take a look at the Congressional Record @ http://goo.gl/uStXuR.  This was the second time the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 9, 2010, United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens sent a letter to President Obama stating that he was retiring from the Court. He had served as an Associate Justice for 35 years. President Ford nominated him … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

From 1914 to 1932 Benjamin Nathan Cardozo  served on the New York State Court of Appeals (initially as an Associate Judge, later as a Chief Judge). In 1932 President Hoover appointed him to serve as an Associate Justice on the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 2005 the United States Supreme Court decided Roper v. Simmons.  The case involved a high school student, Christopher Simmons, who confessed to a murder and was tried and sentenced to death.  He was 17 at the time. … Continue reading

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Remembering Justice Felix Frankfurter

On November 15, 1882, former Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter was born in Austria. In 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt nominated him to the United States Supreme Court. Unlike nowadays, it wasn’t customary for nominees to appear before the Senate … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Yesterday United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away. Aptly referred to as a “legal giant,” he was a well-respected jurist with a remarkable intellect. He’ll be most remembered for his view as an originalist and textualist. As an … Continue reading

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Remembering Justice Thurgood Marshall

On this date in 1993 former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (also known as “Mr. Civil Rights”) passed away.  He was a revered attorney, civil rights leader, and Supreme Court Justice.  To get a glimpse into his life and career … Continue reading

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Remembering Justice Potter Stewart

On January 23, 1915, former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart was born.  Before his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1954, Justice Stewart earned his undergraduate and law degree from Yale, was an … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 19, 1980, former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas passed away. From 1939-1975, he served on our highest court.  Watch this informative interview with him at https://goo.gl/I63lRd— he speaks quite candidly about his judicial philosophy.

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On This Date One Justice Was Born & Another Retired

On November 12, 1908, Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun was born. He’s probably best known as the author of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized a woman’s right to have an abortion during the first trimester.  To learn … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court Confirmation Process

The Congressional Research Service’s Supreme Court Appointment Process: Senate Debate and Confirmation Vote report provides, in detail, what happens after the Senate formally receives from the President of the United States the name of a Supreme Court nominee.  Learn about the … Continue reading

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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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The 1st Supreme Court Justice to Attend Law School

On September 20, 1845, President James Polk nominated Levi Woodbury to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court until 1851.  He was the first Supreme Court justice to attend law school.  He studied at Tapping Reeve’s Litchfield … Continue reading

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Justice Thurgood Marshall

President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the United States Supreme Court.  On this date in 1967 the Senate confirmed his nomination, and he became the first African-American to serve on the Court.  Read the Congressional Record here– http://goo.gl/yKSlzW.   … Continue reading

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Remembering Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

On September 19,1907, United States Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell was born, and on this day in 1998 he passed away. In 1971, President Nixon nominated him to the Supreme Court. On June 26, 1987, he retired from the … Continue reading

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor

On August 8, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the first Hispanic justice to sit on the United States Supreme Court. Watch her swearing-in ceremony @ http://goo.gl/iVxlaA and read more about her at http://goo.gl/fzzxJo.

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