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On This Date in Legal History

On May 21, 1969, President Nixon announced that he was nominating Judge Warren Burger of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to be the 15th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  Read … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

President Nixon nominated Harry A. Blackmun to the United States Supreme Court. At the time he was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. On May 12, 1970, the Senate confirmed his nomination by … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 30, 1888, President Grover Cleveland nominated Melville Weston Fuller for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. On July 20, 1888, the Senate confirmed his nomination as  the 8th Chief Justice of the Court. He served on … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 5, 1816, former Supreme Court Justice Samuel Freeman Miller was born in Kentucky.  By today’s standards he had a more unconventional background for a justice– he worked as a physician for about 10 years.  While practicing medicine, however, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Justice Alito!

On April 1, 1950, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., was born in Trenton, New Jersey.  Justice Alito has been serving on the United States Supreme Court since January 31, 2006.  He was nominated by President George W. Bush to replace retiring … Continue reading

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Attorney General Confirmation Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee is meeting to consider Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination to serve as our next Attorney General of the United States. Tune into C-Span now. These hearings will provide an outstanding opportunity to learn about our laws, legal … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On December 17, 1975, the Senate confirmed (in a 98-0 vote) the nomination of John Paul Stevens to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. View the Congressional Record at http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/603_1975.pdf.

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On This Date in Legal History

On November 28, 1975, President Ford nominated Judge John Paul Stevens (from the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) to the United States Supreme Court. Read President Ford’s announcement at https://research.archives.gov/id/7341714. On December 17, 1975, he was confirmed … Continue reading

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Sandra Day O’Connor

On July 7, 1981, President Reagan announced his intent to nominate Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court. You’ll find his statement at http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=44042. On August 19, 1981, the President sent a letter to the Senate confirming 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 at http://goo.gl/iVxlaA and read more about her at http://goo.gl/fzzxJo.

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 28, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson nominated Abe Fortas to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He was known as a brilliant jurist. In fact, in 1963 he successfully represented Clarence Earl Gideon before the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 28, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson nominated Louis D. Brandeis to the United States Supreme Court. On June 1, 1916, the Senate confirmed his nomination by a vote of 47-22, and he was sworn in on June 5, 1916. … 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

From 1914 to 1932 Benjamin Nathan Cardozo served on the New York State Court of Appeals (initially as an Associate Justice, later as Chief Justice). On February 15, 1932, President Hoover appointed him to the United States Supreme Court where he … 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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Former Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite

On this date in 1816 former Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite was born in Lyme, Connecticut.  On January 19, 1874, President Ulysses Grant nominated him to the United States Supreme Court.  On January 21, the Senate confirmed his nomination by … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1975 President Ford nominated Judge John Paul Stevens (from the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) to the United States Supreme Court.  Read President Ford’s announcement at https://research.archives.gov/id/7341714.  On December 17, 1975, he … Continue reading

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Former Associate Justice Felix Frankfurter

On this day in 1882, Former Associate 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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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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Harriet Ellan Miers

On this date in 2005 White House counsel Harriet Miers withdrew her name from consideration to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court. Listen to this NPR report about her nomination http://goo.gl/JolVfH, and learn about her background … Continue reading

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