The history of interest in the game by Justices at the Supreme Court ranges from “cool to hot.” Ross Davies’ article on “The Judicial and Ancient Game” is an interesting and entertaining piece that we think our readers would enjoy again.
Thanks to Marlene Trestman’s painstaking research we now have an accurate and up to date list of women advocates. Trestman has also dug up interesting facts and figures about multiple women appearing before the justices on the same day or same case.
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?


Join the Supreme Court Historical Society for the Inaugural Constitution Day Lecture as Professor Sam Erman explores the story of Puerto Rico and the Constitution following the U.S annexation of the islands in 1898.

A fascinating look at McCulloch v. Maryland with Professor David Schwartz, author of The Spirit of the Constitution: John Marshall and the 200-Year Odyssey of McCulloch v. Maryland.

June 9, 2021

Marlene Trestman is the author of Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin.

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