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 data was incorporated into legal argument. Brandeis believed in utilizing the law to shape politics, society and economics, and championed many progressive causes. He also became a leader in the Zionist movement and confidante of Franklin Roosevelt.

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Today in Legal History: Miranda Rights Established

From WikipediaErnesto Miranda’s wrongful conviction led to the landmark case, Miranda v. Arizona (384 U.S. 436). On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court delivered its decision, establishing that before a defendant’s statement to the police can be admitted as evidence, there must be proof that the defendant was informed of his/her right to counsel and against self-incrimination—what is now called the “Miranda Rights.”

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Play FantasySCOTUS

Although it does not preempt the field of fantasy leagues, there is a U.S. Supreme Court fantasy site. Actually, it is more of a prediction contest than a fantasy league and it is not available on the NFL channel (or any other channel, for that matter). Still, you can add interest to this term of the Court by competing with your classmates and professors. By the way, Vegas likes Justice Kennedy on the money line.

Supreme Court Insider

The National Law Journal has launched an e-newsletter that covers activities at the United States Supreme Court. The cite features reporting and analysis by two veteran Court reporters: Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle, and will have unique features on attorneys appearing before the court as well as a “SCOTUS scorecard.” A free trial subscription and copy of the first edition are available at the National Law Journal’s website.

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