Legal History

1078 ABA Journal Legal History articles.

Lawyer urges full 11th Circuit to release grand jury records of unsolved 1946 lynching
A historian who researched the 1946 lynching of two black couples in Georgia is no longer alive to pursue his quest for grand jury records in the case. But a lawyer for his widow continued the fight in arguments before an en banc federal appeals court Tuesday.
Afternoon Briefs: Sentence in killing of tax lawyer; SCOTUS lawyers get 2 uninterrupted minutes

Former city council member sentenced for killing his tax attorney

An 84-year-old former city council member in Cedar Lake, Indiana, was sentenced to 55 years in prison Thursday for killing…

Are the legacies of Oliver Wendell Holmes in a ‘head-on-crash’?

A review of the latest biography on Oliver Wendell Holmes suggests the late justice’s legacies of respect for democracy and his evolving defense of the First Amendment “are in…

On prison and rehabilitation: ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ 25 years later

Stephen King’s novella premiered as an adapted motion picture that earned seven Oscar nominations. The depictions of the adjustment challenges of reentry have been referenced in several professional journals on incarceration. But what of the significance?

African American farmer’s legal battle to save his family farm is focus of ‘Catfish Dream’
Ed Scott was the first-ever nonwhite owner and operator of a catfish plant in the nation. The former sharecropper-turned-landowner was part of a class action lawsuit that resulted in one of the largest civil rights settlements in U.S. history. With the settlement of Pigford v. Glickman in 1999, almost $1 billion has been issued to more than 13,000 African American farmers to date.
Afternoon Briefs: New win for flag burner in SCOTUS case; Johnson & Johnson seeks mistrial for stricken closing

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A trusts and estates lawyer unearths his family’s past

Terrence Franklin, a partner in the Los Angeles trusts and estates litigation firm Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise, set out on a journey of discovery and on a path to pursue justice. He discovered documents that revealed his family’s history.

ABA Medal recipient Dale Minami built a career around inclusion and civil rights for Asian Americans

Dale Minami—known as one of the lawyers who helped overturn the conviction of Fred Korematsu, the Japanese American man whose name is on a notorious and widely repudiated U.S. Supreme Court case—has been awarded the ABA Medal, the association’s highest honor.

Oct. 2, 1780: John Andre executed

John Andre, a British army major during the American Revolution, was held in esteem as an officer and a gentleman, though he would be sentenced to death—with great regret—as a spy.

7 reasons why the legal profession often gets no sympathy

The legal profession is a noble one. But is that the impression that the public has of attorneys? Lawyer Marcel Strigberger shares his thoughts on why the profession is generally viewed unsympathetically.

Justice John Paul Stevens: Remembering a man of modesty, remarkable intellect

Respect for precedent and judicial economy were just two of the ideals that epitomized Stevens’ nearly 35-year tenure on the Supreme Court, from his nomination by President Gerald R. Ford in 1975 until his retirement in 2010, under President Barack Obama.

Stevens also embodied personal and judicial modesty, pragmatism, intellectual rigor and independence.

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens died Tuesday from complications from a stroke. He was 99 years old.
Who’s your favorite SCOTUS justice and why?

Justice Clarence Thomas is known for rarely speaking during oral arguments. But a chatty and jovial Thomas appeared in the courtroom last month in an interview before members of…

After nearly 30 years on the court, Justice Thomas’ supporters and detractors are still debating who he really is

After Clarence Thomas’ nearly 30 years on the court, his critics and supporters are still debating who Thomas is. But at a June conversation in the courtroom before the historical society, Thomas mostly seemed at peace with himself and his role on the court.

Aug. 6, 1890: First execution by electric chair

As an opponent of capital punishment, Thomas Edison had no interest in pursuing capital electrocution. Still, Edison found a way to benefit.

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