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    Original Intent and a Living Constitution

    Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia participated in a discussion on the constitutional theories of original intent and the Constitution as a living document. They also discussed…

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    30th Anniversary of Justice O'Connor's Appointment

    Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan participated in a forum with former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in celebration of the 30th anniversary of…

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    Office of the Solicitor General

    A panel of former U.S. solicitors general discussed the role of the solicitor general, the duties associated with the job, and arguing before the Supreme Court. The moderator was…

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    Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes

    Dr. Cushman lectured on the life and times of Charles Evans Hughes, who served as Chief Justice from 1930-41. Chief Justice Hughes was originally appointed as an Associate Justice by…

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    The Four Horsemen of the Supreme Court

    Professor Arkes discussed the Four Horsemen, four conservative justices on the Court during the 1930s who tried to block many of President Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. He…

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    The Kennedy White House and the Press

    A panel discussion was held on President Kennedy’s relationship with the press. The event was held in the State Department auditorium where President Kennedy held the first…

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    Book Discussion on Plessy v. Ferguson

    Justice Thomas spoke to the annual meeting of the Supreme Court Historical Society. In his remarks, he talked about the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case, in which the court created the…

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    The Supreme Court Appointment Process

    Barbara Perry spoke about the Supreme Court appointment process as part of the 2010 Leon Silverman Lecture Series. She was introduced by Chief Justice John Roberts.

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    Native American Lands and the Supreme Court

    Angela Riley spoke in the Supreme Court chamber about the history of the Supreme Court and Native American lands. The lecture, which took place in the Supreme Court chamber, was one in…

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    Chief Justice Taney Career

    Professor O’Hara lectured about the life and career of Chief Justice Roger Taney, who was nominated to the position by President Jackson and served for 28 years, 1836-1864. Chief…

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    Supreme Court of George Washington

    Ms. Marcus talked about the Supreme Court in its infancy during the presidency of George Washington. Among the issues she addressed were the number of justices, Washington’s…

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    Reconstruction: The Civil War Amendments

    In an interview aired prior to the lecture, Mr. Silverman described the six-part lecture series concerning the impact of the U.S. Civil War on the Constitution and on the U.S. Supreme…

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    Personal Accounts from U.S. Solicitors General

    Former Solicitors General Drew Days, Paul Clement, and Justice Elena Kagan recounted the experiences and challenges of the position, which represents the United States government before the…

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    Revisiting Chase's Jurisprudence

    Justice Souter introduced Professor White, who examined the work of the Supreme Court during Salmon Chase’s term as Chief Justice from 1864 to 1873. This work included amendments…

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    The Supreme Court and Eminent Domain

    Richard Epstein is the author of Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain. In his book he argues that eminent domain has been interpreted too narrowly by the…

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    Supreme Court Architecture

    Professor Byard talked about the life of architect Cass Gilbert, the architect of the U.S. Supreme Court building. Although Gilbert was principal architect, he died in 1934 and did not…

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    The Cherokee Indians and the Supreme Court

    Justice Breyer described two Supreme Court cases brought in the early 1830s in response to efforts by the State of Georgia to remove the Cherokee Nation from its tribal land. The court…

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    Chief Justice Melville Fuller

    Professor Ely spoke about the life and career of Melville Fuller, who served as the eighth Chief Justice of the United States from 1888 to 1910. Justice Stevens introduced Professor Ely.

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    Chief Justice Taft

    Mr. Post discussed the life and career of William Howard Taft, the only man in the history of the United States to serve as President of the United States and Chief Justice of the…

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    Supreme Court and Reconstruction Amendments

    Professor Van Alstyne spoke about the Court’s interpretations of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments and other legislative acts of Reconstruction until the Plessy v. Ferguson case in…

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