September 24th is an important day in the foundation of our country’s government. It is the day on which the new federal Congress passed the Judiciary Act of 1789 in Federal Hall in New York City.
“Times are changing,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg observed when notified of her nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States by President William Clinton. Elucidating on the comments she said “The president has made that clear by appointing me . . . .”
As the month of May marks a year since the Supreme Court made the switch to hearing cases argued by telephone due to the pandemic, PBS NEWSHOUR produced a segment on this temporary new format. SCHS’s Clare Cushman was interviewed about the history of oral argument.
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?


American College of Trial Lawyers/SCHS Fall CLE Program

Acquitted: Jury Selection and the Trial of Lizzie Borden

September 30, 2021 | 2-3:30 CMT

Join Cara Robertson and Michael D. Monico for a panel discussion moderated by Clare Cushman and earn CLE credit.

To register, please email:

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Join Farah Peterson and Mark Killenbeck for a fascinating conversation on the 1821 term as the Supreme Court begins its October 2021 Term.

For the Inaugural Constitution Day Lecture, Professor Sam Erman explored the story of Puerto Rico and the Constitution following the U.S annexation of the islands in 1898.

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