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Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg!

On March 15, 1933, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka “The Notorious R.B.G.) was born in Brooklyn, New York.  Read more about the Justice at http://www.lawsuitgame.com/blog/?p=3182.

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On This Date in Legal History

Clarence Darrow was a prominent, brilliant, criminal lawyer. On March 13, 1938, he passed away. Watch the entertaining movie, Darrow, about this celebrated attorney.

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On This Date in Legal History

Eugene Debs gave a speech intending to encourage others not to join the military. He was indicted and convicted by a jury for violating the Espionage Act. The Act made it a crime to obstruct military recruitment during World War … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 8, 1971, the United States Supreme Court decided Griggs v. Duke Power Co. The question presented was– could Duke Power require a potential employee to either have a high school education or pass an intelligence test, when neither criteria correlated … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 7, 1927, the United States Supreme Court decided Nixon v. Herndon.  The case arose after an African American living in Texas was denied the right to vote in a Democratic primary election.  A Texas statute stated– “in no event … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Taney announced the United States Supreme Court’s infamous decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford. The Court held that African-American slaves (and their descendants) were not citizens; consequently, they had no standing to sue (for their … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

The 5th Amendment states private property can’t “be taken for public use, without just compensation.” In 1822 John Barron brought a lawsuit against the City of Baltimore claiming their actions caused him to lose the use of his wharf— violating his … Continue reading

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Esther Hobart Morris

In February 1870 Esther Hobart Morris “became the first woman to hold judicial office in the modern world.” She was appointed justice of the peace for the South Pass District in Wyoming. A statue of her stands at the National … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On February 11, 1856, the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford was argued before the Supreme Court; and on Mar 6, 1857, the Court held that African-American slaves (and their descendants) were not citizens. Consequently, they had no standing to sue … Continue reading

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Former Vice President (Attorney) Aaron Burr

On February 6, 1756, Aaron Burr was born in Newark, New Jersey. In addition to becoming Jefferson’s Vice President, he was an officer in the Continental Army, a successful attorney, an Attorney General of New York, an Assemblyman, and a … Continue reading

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When the Supreme Court Convened for the 1st Time

On February2, 1790, the Supreme Court had a quorum and convened for the first time. Learn more at http://goo.gl/Livwh8.

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President William McKinley

On this date in 1843 William McKinley was born.  Prior to becoming our 25th President, he was an officer in the Army, a practicing lawyer, a Congressman, and Governor of Ohio. Learn more by visiting his Presidential Library at http://mckinleymuseum.org/.

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

On January 27, 1955, John Roberts was born.  Learn more about our Chief Justice at https://goo.gl/sXs5DZ and https://goo.gl/I5LJYA.

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Remembering Justice Thurgood Marshall

On January 24, 1993, former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (also known as “Mr. Civil Rights”) passed away. He was a revered attorney, civil rights leader, and Supreme Court Justice. To get a glimpse into his life and career watch Biography at http://goo.gl/cfB6FR.

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Remembering Justice Potter Stewart

On January 23, 1915, former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart was born. Before his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1954, Justice Stewart earned his undergraduate and law degree from Yale, was an … Continue reading

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Chief Justice John Marshall

On January 20, 1801, President Adams nominated John Marshall to be Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. On January 27, 1801, the Senate confirmed his nomination. He served on the Supreme Court for 34 years. His judicial opinions, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 18, 1989, the United States Supreme Court decided Mistretta v. United States. In Mistretta the Court held that Congress had the power to create the United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency established to promulgate sentencing guidelines for convicted federal offenders. These … Continue reading

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Watch this news clip of President Reagan signing into law the bill making Martin Luther King’s birthday a federal holiday at https://goo.gl/ps6sXe. You can learn more about the bill’s history … Continue reading

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Associate Justice Henry Baldwin

On January 14, 1780, Henry Baldwin was born. From 1830-1844, he served as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Read an interesting bio of him at https://goo.gl/20Amtz, and learn about the law school he attended (known as “America’s … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 6-7, ­­­­1964, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the landmark case of New York Times v. Sullivan. The case arose after an ad was published that was critical of the way the City of Montgomery handled … Continue reading

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