987 ABA Journal Legal History articles.
The authority to impeach and remove a U.S. president is one of the legislative branch's most powerful weapons. But in the country's history, despite many periods of open hostility between Congress and the executive branch, no president has been removed from office through the impeachment procedure. Why is that?
Jul 25, 2018 6:00 AM CDT
The Enrollment Act of 1863 required male citizens between ages 20 and 45 to register for conscription. In New York, 119 died after a mob halted a conscription lottery that exempted black men and wealthy whites.
Jul 1, 2018 12:35 AM CDT
Baseball’s reserve clause allowed total team control of a player’s career. Baseball’s hold on the American imagination and control of player contracts allowed it to survive the 1919 Black Sox scandal, the Great Depression, segregation, franchise relocations and two major U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
Jun 1, 2018 12:35 AM CDT
It is a critical time for all citizens, and especially lawyers, to remain vigilant to protect the independence of the judiciary.
In recent years, and in recent days, attacks on the judiciary have increased, while public understanding of the essential role of the judiciary has diminished.
May 31, 2018 7:15 AM CDT
President Donald Trump granted a rare posthumous pardon to the first black heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson, in a case in which he was convicted of transporting a white woman…
May 24, 2018 12:39 PM CDT
The New York Times has published a belated obituary for a woman who became the country’s first female justice nearly 150 years ago.
The trailblazing woman, Esther Morris, died in…
May 24, 2018 11:10 AM CDT
After losing both the 1960 presidential election and the 1962 California governor’s race, Richard Milhous Nixon vowed at a press conference: “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore” and seemed to have written the epitaph to his political career. He left for New York and became a partner in a white shoe law firm. Yet six years later, he would win the White House, in no small part because of that firm.
May 23, 2018 8:00 AM CDT
Since 1953, the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has conducted independent, nonpartisan peer evaluations of the professional qualifications for nominees to the federal bench. The 15-member standing committee is independent of all other ABA activities and is not affected by ABA policies.
May 1, 2018 2:10 AM CDT
If Justice Anthony Kennedy decides to retire under President Trump, he would be following a long tradition of justices consciously leaving the court under a president of the same party who appointed them. A more complicated question is whether justices also seek to time their retirements with political or ideological goals in mind—and whether they have been successful.
May 1, 2018 1:35 AM CDT
Sen. Charles Sumner was caned in U.S. Senate chambers. Rep. Preston Brooks took violent exception to a speech on slavery and unrest in the Kansas Territory.
May 1, 2018 12:30 AM CDT
Having his own firm gave Nixon access to deep-pocketed clients, allowed him to travel internationally and burnish his foreign policy credentials and, most importantly, helped build a formidable staff of top-notch lawyers, researchers and writers—a staff that did just about everything for him when it came time to ramp up for the 1968 campaign.
May 1, 2018 12:20 AM CDT
In the 45 years since Roe v. Wade
was decided, it has been a focal point for both anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights groups. But the opinion in the 1973 case has also been used by activists of liberal, libertarian and conservative ideologies to develop privacy arguments for issues ranging from access to experimental drugs to euthanasia to personal data security to sex worker rights.
Apr 11, 2018 8:30 AM CDT
Millions of people worldwide remain inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s “spiritual confrontation of injustice,” says ABA President Hilarie Bass.
Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic civil right…
Apr 3, 2018 8:18 AM CDT
It was 1936, and America was suffering through the throes of the Great Depression. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had just been re-elected in a landslide. The Democrats controlled the Congress with wide majorities in the House and Senate.
Mar 29, 2018 8:30 AM CDT
A woman who was central to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision died Sunday.
Linda Brown Thompson was “the symbolic center” of the case, the Mar 27, 2018 12:41 PM CDT
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