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On This Date in Legal History

Mabel Walker Willebrandt was a trailblazing female attorney.  She’s best remembered for her work at the Department of Justice where she was in charge of the division responsible for enforcing the Volstead Act.  She successfully prosecuted many bootleggers. Listen to … Continue reading

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Remembering Mabel Walker Willebrandt

Mabel Walker Willebrandt was a trailblazing female lawyer.  She’s best remembered for her work as an Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice where she was in charge of the division responsible for enforcing the Volstead Act.  She successfully … Continue reading

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The National Prohibition Act

On this date in 1919 the “National Prohibition Act” became law. The Act (also commonly known as the “Volstead Act”) spelled out how prohibition was to be enforced. The law remained in effect until the 21st Amendment was passed. You … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1889 Mabel Walker Willebrandt was born. From 1921 to 1929 she was the Assistant Attorney General responsible for enforcing prohibition (the Volstead Act).  To learn more about this remarkable attorney, read Can This Woman Make America Dry, published … Continue reading

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