Now available on YouTube, the 8th Annual Salmon P. Chase Distinguished Lecture delivered by Professor Martha Jones on April 22, 2021.  The lecture focused on the 100th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. 

The Salmon P. Chase Distinguished Lecture is jointly sponsored by the Society and the Georgetown Center for the Constitution.  
When the press revealed his earlier membership in the Klan, did newly-appointed Justice Hugo L. Black choose  a Catholic stenographer, a Catholic/Black messenger, and a Jewish law clerk to staff his Chambers to counter charges of racism and religious intolerance?

Speaker: Sarah A. Seo is a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.  She is legal historian of criminal law and procedure in the 20th-century United States. Her recent book, Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom, examines the history of the automobile to explain the evolution of the Fourth Amendment and to explore the problem of police discretion in a society committed to the rule of law.

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Justice John Marshall Harlan (1877-1911) was riding the streetcar home from the Capitol after a Supreme Court session when a woman coming from the market got on. In a grand gesture noticed by the other riders, he took a whiff of her voluminous sleeves. “Madam is that mint?” he asked.  She nodded and showed him the sprigs that were tucked up inside. Harlan replied: “If I had [mint] I would know just what to do with it.” The Kentucky Justice meant, of course, that he would add it to his bourbon.

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As Kentucky Derby Day approaches and thoughts turn to two of Kentucky’s finest products – thoroughbred horses and bourbon – a third could be added to the list: Supreme Court justices.  For 150 years, if you were placing bets on where a Supreme Court justice would come from, the odds were very good that the appointee would be from Kentucky.

 From 1807 through 1957, there was always at least one justice from Kentucky on the High Court, and from 1938 through 1939, three of the nine justices were from the Bluegrass State (James C. McReynolds, Louis D. Brandeis, and Stanley F. Reed).

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On April 16th the Society hosted a virtual discussion with Brad
Snyder, author of Well-Paid Slave, on the Supreme Court and Baseball.

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Virtual Lecture with Joel Richard Paul and “Law Day Lecture on the Relevance of Chief Justice John Marshall.”

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The Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on baseball and anti-trust law began in 1922 with a unanimous ruling in Federal Baseball Club v. National League that holds to this day.  But the Court’s relationship with baseball isn’t just through its cases.  The men and women who have served on the Court included committed baseball fans.

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