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11 Nov, 2019

A Beginner’s Guide to Supreme Court History: The First 100 Years

2019-11-11T21:40:11+00:00November 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

  This is the second post in our multi-part series which covers the history of the Court—from establishment and its first 100 years to landmark cases and the Court’s future.  Our first installment detailing the Court’s establishment is available here. * * * At its founding the United States Supreme Court was an appellate court—a [...]

23 Oct, 2019

A Beginner’s Guide to Supreme Court History: Establishment

2019-10-23T18:49:44+00:00October 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

The Supreme Court is often described as distinctly American in concept and function.  We look to it as the last resort in search of justice, equality, and validation of our political views.  It’s where we wage our most serious legal battles––from voting disputes and privacy issues to establishing the rights of women and minorities. But [...]

13 Mar, 2018

Supreme Court Trivia

2019-03-18T18:47:13+00:00March 13th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

  “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” –Arthur Conan Doyle From the installation of a frozen-yogurt machine to verified Klu Klux Klan membership–here are 25 SCOTUS facts you didn’t know you needed to know: Curriculum Vitae: Excluding Senate confirmation, there are no formal requirements for becoming a Supreme Court Justice. 57%, or [...]

21 Feb, 2017

A Look Back at Korematsu

2019-03-18T18:47:18+00:00February 21st, 2017|Tags: , , |

President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration is already facing several legal challenges, despite the policy being only a few weeks old. At the time of this writing, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to grant a stay on a temporary restraining order suspending the order, and the Trump administration is preparing to [...]

13 Oct, 2016

An Introduction to the Supreme Court, Part I

2019-03-18T18:47:19+00:00October 13th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

  The Supreme Court is often described as distinctly American in concept and function.  We look to it as the last resort in search of justice, equality, and validation of our political views.  It’s where we wage our most serious legal battles – from voting disputes and privacy issues to establishing the rights of young [...]

12 Sep, 2014

FASCINATING SUPREME COURT FACTS

2019-03-18T18:47:34+00:00September 12th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , |

  “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” – Mark Twain. From the installation of a frozen-yogurt machine to verified KKK membership, the history of the United States Supreme Court and its Justices is filled with fascinating facts. Curriculum Vitae: Excluding Senate confirmation, there are no formal requirements for becoming a [...]

29 May, 2014

This Week in SCOTUS History

2019-03-18T18:47:37+00:00May 29th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

During this week in 1922, the Supreme Court made an important ruling which helped shape Major League Baseball as we know it today.  The decision was Federal Baseball Club of Baltimore v. National League.  Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote in his majority opinion that exhibitions of baseball are purely state affairs, and thus not subject to [...]

28 Mar, 2011

Who Owns the Sky?

2019-03-18T18:48:04+00:00March 28th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In the latest Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, I review UCLA law professor Stuart Banner's book Who Owns the Sky? The Struggle to Control Airspace from the Wright Brothers On. Banner’s book is outstanding because it presents the history of air law -- particularly the struggle to determine who would have property rights in and [...]