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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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  • Lyndon B. Johnson nominated former NAACP lawyer, U.S. court of appeals judge, and U.S. Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall to #SCOTUS #OTD in 1967
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  • The Supreme Court decided Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife #OTD in 1992; congressional grant of standing to challenge environmental regulation in court was invalid where plaintiff could not show actual or imminent injury in fact #SCOTUS
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  • The Supreme Court decided Nix v. Williams #OTD in 1984; "inevitable discovery doctrine" permitted use of illegally-obtained evidence when it would have been discovered legally #SCOTUS
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  • Charles Evans Hughes resigned from #SCOTUS #OTD in 1916 to run for president as a Republican; he later served as Secretary of State before being appointed Chief Justice in 1930
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  • The Bankruptcy Act of 1867, which referred to the U.S. district courts as "constituted courts of bankruptcy" was repealed #OTD in 1878; no federal bankruptcy law was passed to replace it until 1898
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