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On This Date in Legal History

Gregory Lee Johnson was arrested for burning an American flag as a means of protesting President Reagan’s policies. He timed his demonstration to coincide with the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas. The delegates were meeting to renominate Reagan for … Continue reading

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The 22nd Amendment

On February 27, 1951, the 22nd Amendment was ratified. It established term limits for the president. No person can serve more than “two terms in office, a total of eight years,” unless he or she “serve[d] two years or less … 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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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 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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On This Date in Legal History

Gary Duncan was charged with simple battery after allegedly slapping someone. He requested a jury trial, to no avail. He was found guilty and sentenced to 60 days in jail and a $10.00 fine. Duncan appealed his conviction claiming his … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1946 Ada Lois Sipuel applied to the University of Oklahoma Law School which was funded with taxpayer money. She was an African American woman. On January 14, 1946, she was denied admission solely on the basis of her race. … 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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On This Date in Legal History

On January 5, 1925, President Calvin Coolidge nominated Harlan Fiske Stone to serve as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. On February 5, 1925, the Senate confirmed his appointment. In 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt nominated him … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 3-4, 1935, Charles Lindbergh testified at Bruno Richard Hauptmann’s criminal trial. Hauptmann was accused of kidnapping Lindbergh’s son. You can read Lindbergh’s testimony at http://goo.gl/tJ2zeG. On February 13, 1935, Hauptmann was convicted and sentenced to death. Read more about … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On December 12, 1910, President Taft nominated Joseph Rucker Lamar for Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. On December 15,1910, the Senate confirmed his nomination, and on this date in 1911, Justice Lamar took his seat on the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On December 31, 1884, Stanley Reed was born.  He served as our twenty-third Solicitor General from 1935-1938, and as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court from 1938-1957.  Learn more about Justice Reed at https://goo.gl/oDylMI and https://goo.gl/PlfgVc.

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This Week in the News

Two high school students had a heated argument over Twitter after a shooting. Their Twitter exchange led to one of the students being adjudicated delinquent. The student appealed the adjudication. This week the Colorado Court of Appeals reversed the lower … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

The Heart of Atlanta Motel refused to provide lodging to African American travelers. It sought a ruling by the court that Congress overstepped its authority when it passed Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act prohibited … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

A Massachusetts law granted schools and churches the power to prevent businesses, within a 500-foot radius of their premises, from obtaining a liquor license. After a church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, raised an objection to a restaurant obtaining a liquor license, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On November 29, 1976, the case of Wooley v. Maynard was argued before the United States Supreme Court. New Hampshire had a law that made it a crime to cover up the state’s motto “Live Free or Die” on automobile … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On November 28, 1975, President Ford nominated Judge John Paul Stevens (from the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) to the United States Supreme Court. Read President Ford’s announcement at https://research.archives.gov/id/7341714. On December 17, 1975, he was confirmed … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On November 20, 1961, the United States Supreme Court decided Hoyt v. Florida. The case involved an all-male jury convicting Gwendolyn Hoyt of killing her husband. In Florida women were excluded from jury service unless they proactively registered with the clerk … Continue reading

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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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