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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 1963 he successfully represented Clarence Earl Gideon before the Supreme Court in Gideon v. … Continue reading

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On July 25, 1965, former Associate Justice Arthur J. Goldberg retired from the United States Supreme Court. Read a fascinating profile of the justice at https://goo.gl/fXXBpV.

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On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court decided United States v. Nixon. President Nixon was ordered to produce the audio recordings that were relevant in the Watergate case. The Court (unanimously) rejected the President’s argument that the tapes were protected … Continue reading

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On July 23, 1936, Justice Anthony Kennedy was born in Sacramento, California. In November 1987 President Reagan nominated him to the United States Supreme Court. On February 3, 1988, the Senate confirmed his nomination in a vote of 97 yeas … Continue reading

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On July 20, 1990, former Associate Justice William J. Brennan retired from the Supreme Court after serving as a justice for over 33 years. On July 24, 1997, he passed away, but his legacy lives on through the 1,573 opinions … Continue reading

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On June 17, 1963, the United States Supreme Court decided School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp. That case dealt with prayer in the public schools.  Under Pennsylvania law, at the beginning of each public school day, at least … Continue reading

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On July 15, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court continued at the Hart Senate Office Building. You can find the transcript of testimony taken on that day starting … Continue reading

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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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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 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 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 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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On July 1, 1991, President Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court. You can watch the President announce his nomination at http://goo.gl/6pd9XN. At the time, Justice Thomas was on the United States Court of Appeals for the District … Continue reading

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On June 29, 1972, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Furman v. Georgia. Prisoners appealed their death sentences– claiming that the punishment, as applied to them, was unconstitutional. The Court agreed, and explained in a per curium … Continue reading

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In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Associate Justice Harlan Fiske Stone to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and on January 27, 1941, the Senate confirmed his appointment. He became our twelfth Chief Justice—he served in that position … Continue reading

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On January 26, 1987,  Justice Lewis Powell retired from the United States Supreme Court. Justice Powell served on the Court for 15 years.  He was appointed by President Nixon in October 1971. Listen to a very informative interview with John Jeffries, … Continue reading

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This past week the United States Supreme Court held that a federal law banning the registration of disparaging trademarks violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.  Take a look at this interesting case– Matal v. Tam– at https://goo.gl/LJoD8k.

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In 1958, a New York school district required the following prayer be recited each morning in its public schools: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our … Continue reading

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On June 24, 1992, the United States Supreme Court decided Lee v. Weisman. 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 that the practice … Continue reading

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On July 23, 1936, Justice Anthony Kennedy was born in Sacramento, California. In November 1987, President Reagan nominated him to the United States Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed his nomination in a vote of 97 yeas to 0 nays. Take … Continue reading

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