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  • Social Justice Monday: Envisioning a Different Criminal Justice System

    Envisioning a Different Criminal Justice System: Alternatives to Incarceration Social Justice Monday—Monday, February 8, 2016 Submitted by Jeanna McLellan, Electronic Services Assistant Part Two of the Criminal Justice Reform Series Presented by The Human Rights Law Society and Black Law Student Association While the United [...]
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  • Today in Legal History: Dawes Severalty Act Signed, Tribes Further Dispossessed

    On February 8, 1887, President Grover Cleveland signed the Dawes Act, dividing up tribal lands into plots for individuals to farm.  The effect of the Act was to weaken tribes, break up traditional families, and put Indian lands into non-Indian hands.  Under the Act, farmers did not get ownership of the land for 25 years; if the farm [...]
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  • Social Justice Monday: Racial Disparities in Our Criminal Justice System

    Racial Disparities in Our Criminal Justice System: How Did We Get Here Social Justice Monday—Monday, February 1, 2016 Submitted by Jeanna McLellan, Electronic Services Assistant The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. The increase in jails and prisons from 300,000 to 2.3 million in the past [...]
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  • Today in Legal History: First Librarian of Congress Appointed

    On January 29, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson appointed John J. Beckley as the first Librarian of Congress. Beckley was a political supporter of Jefferson and campaigned on his behalf. Beckley served as both the Clerk of the House of Representatives and as the Librarian of Congress. His salary as Librarian could not exceed two dollars [...]
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  • Today in Legal History: Brandeis Nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court

    On January 28, 1916, President Wilson nominated “the people’s attorney,”  Louis D. Brandeis, to the Supreme Court. Brandeis was a legal giant, widely recognized for his weighty influence on the law, his championing of liberal ideals, including the right to privacy, and his creation of the “Brandeis” brief in which factual [...]
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  • Writing a Paper this Semester?

    Here are some common questions and answers: [...]
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  • Social Justice Monday: The Promised Land

    Social Justice Monday: The Promised Land—How to Get the Benefits of Affirmative Action to Really Work in Law Schools Social Justice Monday—January 25, 2016 Submitted by Jeanna McLellan, Electronic Services Assistant The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments on the case known as Fisher II. The Court revisited the issue [...]
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  • Featured Database: BNA

    The over 100 titles in the BNA library provide news, analysis, and cases on legal and regulatory developments on a variety of subjects.  BNA newsletters can also help with interview preparation because they are aimed at working professionals, with concise information in specific practice areas.  Interviewing for an IP position?  There [...]
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  • Today In Legal History: Roe v. Wade Decided

    On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued one of the most famous and controversial legal decisions of our era.  Justice Harry Blackmun authored the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.  At the time, news of the decision was pushed off the front page of many newspapers when former President Lyndon B. Johnson [...]
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  • Today in Legal History: Poll Tax Abolished

    On January 23, 1964, South Dakota ratified the 24th Amendment, abolishing the use of the poll tax as a requirement to vote in federal elections.  The 24th Amendment was the work of Senator Spessard L. Holland of Florida, who took up the cause in 1949.  Poll taxes were a discriminatory means of preventing newly enfranchised African Americans [...]
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