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Associate Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis

On September 30, 1857, Associate Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis resigned from the United States Supreme Court. He’s probably best known for his dissenting opinion in the infamous Dred Scott v. Sandford decision. In Dred Scott the Court held that African-American slaves (and their descendants) were … Continue reading

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Chief Justice John Roberts

On September 29, 2005, John Roberts was sworn in as the 17th chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. Senior Associate Justice John Paul Stevens administered the oath of office in the East Room of the White House. You can … Continue reading

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Patsy Takemoto Mink

In 1964, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color to serve in Congress. She served in the House from 1965-1977, and from 1990 until her death on September 28, 2002. Learn more about this attorney-turned-politician at goo.gl/nxYVQw.

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Justice David H. Souter

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush nominated David H. Souter to the United States Supreme Court. On September 13, 1990, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its hearings on the nomination. You can read the transcript at atgoo.gl/294R9Z. On September 27, 1990, … Continue reading

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Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr

On September 19, 1907, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. was born.  From 1972-1987 he served on the United States Supreme Court.  Learn more about Justice Powell at http://goo.gl/6cnsSi.

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On This Date in Legal History

On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine delegates gathered to sign our Constitution.  Learn more by visiting the National Archives at goo.gl/1g9iC.

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Margaret Chase Smith

On September 13, 1948, Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the United States Senate (after serving four terms in the House of Representatives). She became the first woman elected to both houses of Congress. All told, she was a member … Continue reading

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Associate Justice Joseph Story

President Madison nominated Joseph Story to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court for over 33 years until his death on September 10, 1845.  He’s probably best remembered today for his opinion in the Amistad case.  The … 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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On This Date in Legal History

On September 8, 1974, President Ford pardoned former President Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office. Ford cited his authority to do so pursuant to Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. He explained … Continue reading

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Governor Chris Christie

On September 6,1962, Chris Christie was born. He earned a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1987. He practiced law in the private sector until 2002, when he was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of … Continue reading

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The Reason We Celebrate Labor Day

Learn about the history of Labor Day at the United States Department of Labor website– http://goo.gl/rcEsP.

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

President George W. Bush nominated John G. Roberts, Jr., initially, to fill retiring Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat on the United States Supreme Court. However, after Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist passed away on September 3, 2005, on September … Continue reading

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Chief Justice Earl Warren

President Eisenhower nominated Earl Warren as the 14th chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. On October 5, 1953, he was sworn in, and soon after (on May 17, 1954), the Court decided the landmark case of Brown v. Board of … Continue reading

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On This Date In Legal History

On July 8, 1974, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of United States v. Nixon. The lawsuit arose after a subpoena was issued in the Watergate break-in case, demanding that President Nixon produce his secretly recorded … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 7, 1981, President Reagan announced his intent to nominate Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court. Take a look at the President’s remarks at http://bit.ly/1Cou0fD, and the New York Times article that reported on the announcement at http://nyti.ms/1fyBoFz. On … Continue reading

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Our Nation’s 4th Chief Justice

In 1801, President John Adams nominated John Marshall as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and the Senate confirmed his appointment. He served on the Court until his death on July 6, 1835. He’s credited for establishing the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 6, 1835, former Chief Justice John Marshall passed away.  He served on the United States Supreme Court for 34 years.  Learn about this distinguished jurist at http://goo.gl/AvJXyo.

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On This Date In Legal History

On July 3, 1981, Associate Justice Potter Stewart retired from the United States Supreme Court.  Learn more about this eminent justice at http://goo.gl/H6YOvB.

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 2, 1908, Thurgood Marshall was born. He was the first African-American to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He left a monumental imprint on the nation’s civil rights history. To learn about this highly regarded jurist, go … Continue reading

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