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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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  • Justice Owen Roberts, considered by many to be the swing vote on the late 1930s Supreme Court, resigned from #SCOTUS #OTD in 1945
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  • #DYK? In 1834, #SCOTUS ordered that justices file their opinions in written form for publication (previously, most opinions delivered orally & reporters' transcriptions were published)
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  • Congress enacted Separable Controversy Act #OTD in 1866; allowed defendant to remove portion of diversity suit to federal court if it could be resolved w/out other defendants; part of Republican effort to expand access to federal courts during Reconstruction
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  • Chief Justice Roberts announced today that the Board of the Federal Judicial Center has selected Deputy Director John S. Cooke to be the eleventh director of the FJC; the current director, Judge Jeremy Fogel, will step down in September 2018
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  • Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., died #OTD in 1997; served on #SCOTUS for 34 years
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