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Federal Judicial History

The Center conducts research and produces resources on the history of the judicial branch of the federal government.  These resources include compilations of historical data on the courts, information about judges and judicial administration, as well as publications on federal judicial history. The Center also maintains a biographical directory of Article III judges from 1789 to the present, engages in outreach and education on federal judicial history, and works to promote the preservation of the history of the judicial branch.

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  • #DYK? The Judicial Conference of the United States is the national policy-making body for the federal courts; read about it, see lists of members & committees:
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  • Senior U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle (D. New Jersey) died July 19 at age 70
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  • Judge Otto Kerner, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, resigned #OTD in 1974 after conviction arising from allegedly accepting bribe when governor of Illinois
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  • #SCOTUS justice Frank Murphy, also mayor of Detroit, governor of Philippines, governor of Michigan, and Attorney General of U.S., died #OTD in 1949
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  • A three-judge U.S. district court in Philadelphia ruled #OTD in 1980 that the Military Selective Service Act violated the Due Process Clause of the 5th Amendment because it required only men to register; #SCOTUS reversed in 1981 (Rostker v. Goldberg)
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