Legal History

1090 ABA Journal Legal History articles.

1940s Justice Influences Terrorism Cases

A justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1940s has had a major influence in several recent opinions, thanks to one of his former clerks—U.S. Supreme Court Justice John…

Law Prof Battled Bush at the White House

What many contend was an excessive use of executive power by President George W. Bush is suddenly the topic of the month. An insider who happens to be a law…

Firm Survives 9/11 Attack, But Changes

It takes a lot today to create a crisis at Harris Beach. Its law offices at 2 World Trade Center were obliterated on Sept. 11, 2001, killing three lawyers, two…

Setting Precedent In Two Wars

How Justice Stevens turned 60-year-old dissents into major rulings in the war on terrorism

2 Men Wed, Then Iowa Ruling Suspended

Two gay men in Iowa persuaded a judge to approve an expedited wedding, paid an extra $5 fee and were married today, apparently becoming the first same-sex couple to wed…

UCLA: Public School Segregation Worse

Despite decades of efforts to end “separate but equal” public education for children of different races, the nation’s school system is getting more segregated rather than less.

And a decision…

Legal Records Inform Economic Thesis

A researcher analyzed medieval wills and learned that the rich had more surviving children than the poor.

“The modern population of the English is largely descended from the economic upper…

Civil Rights Crusader Hill Dies at 100

Updated: Renowned civil rights lawyer Oliver Hill has died. He was 100.

A family friend told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Hill died peacefully at his home on…

New Bankruptcy Dept for Cravath

Signaling a sea change in the way that one of New York City’s most prestigious, upper-echelon law firms runs its practice, Richard Levin has now been working as a partner…

Famous Lawyer Defended Bridge Suit

Lawsuits following a major tragedy such as the Minneapolis bridge collapse aren’t considered all that unusual–unless one of the lawyers involved in the litigation turns out…

Interest Wanes in $100 M Murder Trial

As the trial the man alleged to be Canada’s most prolific serial killer ever nears an end, after six months and at a cost of some $100 million (Canadian) dollars,…

Pakistan Prez, Top Judge Reconciling?

Four months after he sought to remove Pakistan’s top judge from the bench, the country’s president is now trying to get back on his good side.

After a July 20…

August 10, 1977

Son of Sam is Arrested

1st Native American Lawyer in SD Dies

Corrected: Ramon Roubideaux, a well-known American Indian lawyer who represented activists involved in the 71-day standoff at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1973,…

50th Year of ABA Silver Gavel Awards

The Boston Globe won both an award and an honorable mention in the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Awards presented this week by ABA President Karen J. Mathis for outstanding…

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