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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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  • #SCOTUS decided Ex parte McCardle #OTD in 1869; validated congressional withdrawal of Court's jurisdiction over appeals under the Habeas Corpus Act of 1867; Court held in Ex parte Yerger (1869) that it retained habeas jurisdiction conferred by Judiciary Act of 1789
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  • Lyndon B. Johnson nominated June Lazenby Green to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia #OTD in 1968; 4th woman appointed to a U.S. district court; succeeded the 1st (Burnita Shelton Matthews)
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  • Neil M. Gorsuch, formerly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, took the oath of office for #SCOTUS #OTD in 2017
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  • Congress enacted the #Patent Act ("An Act to promote the progress of useful Arts") #OTD in 1790; gave the U.S. district courts jurisdiction over suits to repeal patents obtained improperly; the act was replaced by a new statute in 1793
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  • The defendants in the Chicago Seven (originally eight) conspiracy trial were arraigned in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois #OTD in 1969; see FJC teaching materials on the trial:
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