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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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  • Senior U.S. District Judge Peter Beer (E.D. Louisiana) died February 9 at age 89
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  • Congress enacted the first Fugitive Slave Act #OTD in 1793; empowered the U.S. circuit and district courts to make a finding that a person was a fugitive slave and order their return
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  • When the Evarts Act created the U.S. circuit courts of appeals in 1891, D.C. was left out; Congress created the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia #OTD in 1893 (renamed U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 1948)
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  • Associate Justice Willis Van Devanter, one of the Supreme Court's conservative "Four Horsemen" during the New Deal, died #OTD in 1941 #SCOTUS
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  • The Eleventh Amendment, excluding suits against a state by citizens of another state from the judicial power of the U.S. ("sovereign immunity") was ratified by the states #OTD in 1795 #Constitution
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