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    Magna Carta Legal Heritage

    Baroness Brenda Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, delivered the Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual lecture. The topic was the shared legal…

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    Erwin Griswold Book Prize Lecture on Nixon's Court

    Kevin McMahon, author of Nixon’s Court: His Challenge to Judicial Liberalism and Its Political Consequences, delivered the Erwin Griswold Book Prize Lecture in the U.S. Supreme Court…

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    Reconstruction and the U.S. Supreme Court

    Professor Michael Ross talked about the role of the Supreme Court during Reconstruction. He spoke about the tensions between President Andrew Johnson and the Republican-controlled…

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    Chief Justice Roger Taney and the Civil War

    Timothy Huebner talked about Chief Justice Roger B. Taney and emancipation. Roger B. Taney served as chief justice of the United States from 1836 to his death in 1864 and delivered the…

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    Justice Holmes and the Civil War

    Panelists at the Supreme Court Historical Society talked about the impact of the Civil War on the life of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.  The Supreme Court Historical…

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    50th Anniversary of the Warren Commission

    James Swanson talked about the formation, goals, and legacy of the Warren Commission, which was established to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.…

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    Dred Scott and the Supreme Court

    Lea VanderVelde talked about the Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court case of 1857, the repercussions of the decision, and why its location in Missouri was very important. Dred Scott,…

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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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    History of Bell v. Maryland

    Panelists talked about Bell v. Maryland, a civil rights case argued in 1963, in which Robert Bell, who was a student at the time, was arrested for protesting against…

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Ephemeral Nature of Landmark Cases

    Michael Belknap talked about Dennis v. United States, a “landmark” case even if time and other cases have changed the legal landscape. Eugene Dennis, the general secretary…

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    Jefferson's Supreme Court Appointments

    Professor Abraham spoke about “Jefferson’s Trio of Appointments to the Court.” This is the first in a series of five lectures in the Supreme Court Historical…

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    Supreme Court in World War II

    Professor Hutchinson discussed the participation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson as chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremburg Trials following World War II.

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    Civil Rights Movement

    Representative John Lewis spoke about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as this year marks the 40th anniversary of that landmark legislation. Representative Lewis was a leading figure…

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