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On This Date in Legal History

On August 10, 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Read more about her at http://bit.ly/1MfCTK6.

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 8, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the first Hispanic justice to sit on the United States Supreme Court. Watch her swearing-in ceremony at http://goo.gl/iVxlaA, and read more about her at http://goo.gl/fzzxJo.

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On This Date in Legal History

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 This Date in Legal History

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 This Date in Legal History

John Blair, Jr. was a signer of the U.S. Constitution and a former Supreme Court justice. In 1789 George Washington appointed him to the court, and he served as a justice until 1796. On August 31, 1800, he passed away. … Continue reading

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The United States Supreme Court

If you visit Washington, D.C. this summer your itinerary ought to include a visit to the United States Supreme Court. You’ll learn about the current and former Supreme Court justices, and the history of the court. The docents are quite … Continue reading

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Justice Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on this date in 2010.  President Obama nominated her on May 10, 2010.  At the time she was the United States Solicitor General.  (Learn about … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 6, 2009, the United States Senate voted 68 to 31 to confirm Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. View the “U.S. Senate Roll Call Vote” @ http://1.usa.gov/1IOuWuq. Justice Sotomayor became the first Hispanic to serve on the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1870 Benjamin Nathan Cardozo was born. From 1914 to 1932 he served on the New York State Court of Appeals (initially as an Associate Justice, later as Chief Justice). In 1932 President Hoover appointed him to … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1954 the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education ordered the integration of the public schools.  Read more about this landmark decision @ http://bit.ly/1IFzrbt and http://bit.ly/1FruRNB.

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1988 the United States Supreme Court decided Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier.  The case arose after a high school principal redacted two articles from a school-sponsored newspaper.  Students sued the School District claiming their First Amendment … Continue reading

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On This Day in Legal History

On October 16, 1914, Takao Ozawa applied for citizenship after living in the United States for twenty years.  He was born in Japan, but attended high school and college here. He had children who attended American schools and English was … Continue reading

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The Right to Counsel at a Criminal Trial Didn’t Always Exist

On this day in 1963, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding whether a criminal defendant has a constitutional right to counsel.  Clarence Earl Gideon was accused of breaking and entering into a poolroom to commit a misdemeanor. … Continue reading

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Which Supreme Court Case Required Desegregation “At Once” On This Day In 1969?

Many schools in Mississippi were still segregated in 1969.  In Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered plans to be submitted to desegregate thirty-three Mississippi school districts.  The Department … Continue reading

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Who Argues Cases For The United States Before The Supreme Court?

Lawsuits involving the United States make up approximately 2/3 of the cases brought before the United States Supreme Court.  The Solicitor General determines which cases the United States will pursue on appeal and what arguments will be made.  He, or … Continue reading

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Are There Time Limits For Filing Lawsuits?

Guitarist Barney Perry filed a lawsuit against Sony for copyright infringement in a U.S. District Court in Tennessee.  He alleged in his complaint that he owned the copyrights to two songs, “Walking in Rhythm” and “A Hot Day Today,” and … Continue reading

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Who Are Our Supreme Court Justices?

Legal Solutions Blog is profiling our U.S. Supreme Court justices.  This week Elena Kagan is in the spotlight.  She’s our newest member of the Court, nominated by President Obama and sworn in on August 7, 2010. Read more at http://westlawinsider.com/top-legal-news/elena-kagan-getting-to-know-the-newest-member-of-the-supreme-court.

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Do Kids Have First Amendment Rights?

An elementary school in Pennsylvania prevented a 5th grade student from distributing a flyer to her classmates (during non-instructional time) inviting them to a Christmas party at her church.  The student sued.  A lower court noted that students at that … Continue reading

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When Did England Establish Its Supreme Court?

In 2009.  Are you surprised?  I was.  Our Supreme Court was established in 1789, 222 years ago.  Prior to 2009, cases in the United Kingdom were brought before judges in the House of Lords (a chamber of Parliament). Now, there … Continue reading

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