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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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  • Congress enacted a #patent act ("to promote the progress of useful arts") #OTD in 1793 (replacing an act of 1790); gave U.S. circuit courts jurisdiction over actions for infringement
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  • The Supreme Court of the United States decided Monroe v. Pape #OTD in 1961; police officers acting "under color of law" could be sued for damages under 42 USC 1983 for violating Constitutional rights #CivilRights #SCOTUS
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  • James V. Allred, governor of #Texas (1935-1939) was confirmed to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas #OTD in 1939
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  • Benjamin Cardozo, chief judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, was nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States by Herbert Hoover #OTD in 1932 #SCOTUS
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  • In 2016, someone sued #ValentinesDay in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana; the case was dismissed as "ridiculous, frivolous, and clearly brought to abuse the judicial process"
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