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On This Date in Legal History

In 1890 the Louisiana legislature enacted a statute that required railroad companies to provide “for separate railway carriages for the white and colored races.”  The races weren’t permitted to sit together.  Any passenger who violated the law was subject to … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The Court unanimously held that the doctrine of “separate but equal” is inherently unequal, so it ordered the integration of … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

Charles Hamilton Houston was born on September 3, 1895, and died on April 22, 1950. He was a remarkable African-American attorney who played a key role in ending segregation in the United States. He’s probably best remembered (along with former … Continue reading

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Former Supreme Court Justice Henry B. Brown

President Benjamin Harrison nominated Henry Billings Brown to the United States Supreme Court. On December 29, 1890, the Senate confirmed his nomination. He served on the Court until 1906. Justice Brown authored hundreds of decisions; however, he’s best remembered for … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ordered public schools to integrate, stating– “in the field of public education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1890, the Louisiana legislature enacted a statute that required railroad companies in the state to provide equal, but separate, cars for blacks and whites.  The races were not permitted to sit in each other’s railway cars.  Any passenger who … Continue reading

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Remembering Charles Hamilton Houston

Charles Hamilton Houston was born on September 3, 1895, and died on April 22, 1950. He was a remarkable African-American attorney who played a key role in ending segregation in the United States. He’s probably best remembered (along with former … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this day in 1911 John Marshall Harlan passed away. From 1877 to 1911 he was an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court where he earned the reputation as the “great dissenter.” He’s probably best known for his … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Hugo Black to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Soon after it was revealed that he had once been a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Nonetheless, the Senate … Continue reading

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Remembering Associate Justice Henry Billings Brown

In 1890 President Harrison nominated Henry Billings Brown to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court until this date in 1906. He authored hundreds of decisions; however, he’s best remembered for writing the majority opinion in Plessy v. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1896 the United States Supreme Court decided Plessy v. Ferguson. Associate Justice Henry B. Brown authored the decision.  Learn more about this case @ http://bit.ly/1L2nz0B.

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Law Day Is Tomorrow…

The made-for-television movie Separate But Equal traces NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall’s legal fight against segregation. The former Supreme Court Justice was the lead attorney in the Brown v. Board of Education case. This dramatization of that legal battle teaches about the court … Continue reading

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Remembering Charles Hamilton Houston

Charles Hamilton Houston was born on September 3, 1895, and died on this date in 1950. He was a remarkable African-American attorney who played a key role in ending segregation in the United States. He’s probably best remembered (along with … Continue reading

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On This Day in Legal History

In 1927, the United States Supreme #Court decided Gong Lum v. Rice. The issue was whether a Chinese student had a constitutional right to attend an all-white public school in her district.  The Supreme Court said that she didn’t.  Chief … Continue reading

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The Regrettable Plessy Decision

In 1890, the Louisiana legislature enacted a statute that required railroad companies in the state to provide equal, but separate, cars for blacks and whites.  The races were not permitted to sit in each other’s railway cars.  Any passenger who … Continue reading

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