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On This Date in Legal History

On September 7, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (the “FECA”). The law was enacted to provide compensation for federal employees injured on the job. Learn more at https://goo.gl/meX6ZC.

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 9, 1868, the 14th Amendment to our Constitution was ratified.  You can gain a better understanding of the Amendment by reading–  10 Huge Supreme Court Cases About the 14th Amendment at http://goo.gl/sVloVJ. On July 9, 1974, Chief Justice Earl … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 30, 1970, two police officers saw a teenager ( the “Appellee” in the case of Smith v. Goguen) on a street in Leominster, Massachusetts, with an American flag sewn to the seat of his pants. The teen was … Continue reading

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Watch this news clip of President Reagan signing into law the bill making Martin Luther King’s birthday a federal holiday at https://goo.gl/ps6sXe. You can learn more about the bill’s history … Continue reading

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The Civil Rights Act of 1957

On September 9, President Eisenhower signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The Act established a Commission to investigate whether persons were being denied their voting or equal protection rights under the law because of their race, color, … Continue reading

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ERISA

On September 2, President Ford signed into law the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, otherwise known as “ERISA”.  Learn how this law protects an employee’s retirement assets at http://www.pbgc.gov/about/who-we-are/pg/president-ford-signing-erisa-of-1974.html.

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 21, 1878, seventy-five lawyers established the American Bar Association (“ABA”). Today, this national lawyers’ association has almost 400,000 members. To learn more read their mission statement at http://goo.gl/g5KT8h. You’ll also find a timeline of the association’s history at … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 17, 1984, President Reagan signed into law the Minimum Drinking Age Act. The Act mandates that “States prohibit persons under 21 years of age from purchasing or publicly possessing alcoholic beverages as a condition of receiving State highway … 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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The Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act

On July 27, 1965, fifty years ago today, Congress passed the “Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act”. The Act provides that all cigarette containers must have a conspicuous warning—“Caution: Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health.” You can read … Continue reading

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Remembering Alexander Hamilton

On July 12, 1804, Alexander Hamilton passed away as a result of an injury he sustained during a duel with Aaron Burr.  Hamilton was quite accomplished.  He was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention, a military leader, the first Secretary … Continue reading

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