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On This Date in Legal History

On November 17, 1980, the United States Supreme Court decided Stone, et al. v. Graham, Superintendent of Public Instruction of Kentucky.  The case arose after Kentucky legislators passed a law mandating the posting of the Ten Commandments in every public … Continue reading

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In 1922 President Warren G. Harding, a Republican, appointed Pierce Butler, a Democrat from Minnesota, to the United States Supreme Court, breaking the tradition of appointing a justice from one’s own party.  Today, that would be unheard of.  On December … Continue reading

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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 Judiciary Committee, … Continue reading

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In 1957 the Alabama legislature passed a law changing the boundaries of the City of Tuskegee to guarantee the election of white candidates. Only four or five African American voters were left within the City limits, yet not a single … Continue reading

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In 1914 Takao Ozawa applied for citizenship after living in the United States for twenty years. He was born in Japan, but attended high school and college here. He had children who attended American schools, and English was spoken in … Continue reading

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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.     … Continue reading

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On November 11, 1918, Germany and the Allied forces declared an armistice that brought fighting to an end in World War 1.  The following year “Armistice Day” was celebrated on November 11.  After World War 2 and the Korean War, … Continue reading

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On November 9, 1938, Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  The case arose after an African American student, Lloyd Gaines, was denied admission to the University of Missouri’s School of Law solely on … Continue reading

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On November 8, 2014, President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to replace Attorney General Eric Holder.  Listen to this informative video at https://goo.gl/9TIk8p.  After the Senate confirmed her nomination she became the first African-American woman to head the Department of Justice. To … Continue reading

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In August 1960, African American boys and girls entered a nationwide chain store, S. H. Kress, in Greenville, South Carolina, and sat at a lunch counter designated for whites only. The store manager turned off the lights, announced the lunch … Continue reading

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On November 6, 1991, the case of Lee v. Weisman was argued before the United Staters Supreme Court.  Daniel Weisman sued his daughter’s public school to bar them from inviting clergy to offer invocation and benediction prayers at her graduation. Weisman claimed … Continue reading

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On November 4, 1992, oral arguments took place in the Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah case at the United States Supreme Court. The question presented was- did the City of Hialeah violate the Church’s constitutional … Continue reading

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On November 3, 1845, Edward Douglass White was born. In 1894 President Cleveland nominated him to the United States Supreme Court, and that same year he was sworn in as an Associate Justice. He was eventually promoted to Chief Justice … Continue reading

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On November 2, 1983, President Reagan signed into law a bill making Dr. King’s birthday a federal holiday.  He delivered a speech that day which paid homage to Dr. King’s accomplishments that you can read at https://goo.gl/WkDCMY. You should also take … Continue reading

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On November 1, 1976, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Bounds v. Smith.  North Carolina inmates claimed their constitutional rights were violated because they weren’t able to conduct legal research at their prisons.  The Court … Continue reading

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On October 31, 2005, President Bush nominated Samuel Alito to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court. At the time he was a justice on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Senate confirmed … Continue reading

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On October 30, 1735, John Adams was born. He was the first attorney-president. As a lawyer, he’s probably best remembered for defending British soldiers at the Boston Massacre trials. It’s also worthy of note that he’s credited for drafting the … Continue reading

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On October 29, 1969, the United States Supreme Court decided Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education. The Court held that schools must desegregate immediately. The opinion states–“No person is to be effectively excluded from any school because of race or … Continue reading

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On October 28, 1919, Congress passed the “National Prohibition Act”. The Act (also commonly known as the “Volstead Act”) spelled out how prohibition was to be enforced. The law remained in effect until the 21st Amendment was passed. You can … Continue reading

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On October 26, 1956, Annette Abbott Adams passed away.  She graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 1912.  In 1914, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.  She handled federal prosecutions in the Northern District of California. In 1920, … Continue reading

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