Today in 2001: The September 11 attacks and their legal impact

Sep 11, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

As the saying goes, September 11, 2001, was the day that everything changed – and the legal world was no exception.

Today in 1969: California passes the first no-fault divorce law in the U.S.

Sep 4, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On September 4, 1969, California Governor Ronald Reagan signed the Family Law Act of 1969 into law, abolishing the fault grounds for divorce and replacing it with no-fault.

Today in 1957: Strom Thurmond begins his record-breaking filibuster

Aug 28, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 28, 1957, at 8:54 p.m., Senator Thurmond began his record-breaking filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which lasted for 24 hours and 18 minutes.

Today in 1994: The U.S. House passes largest crime bill in history

Aug 21, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 21, 1994, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, the largest crime bull in U.S. history.

Today in 1935: Social Security is created

Aug 14, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating Social Security.

Today in 1974: SCOTUS orders Nixon to release all subpoenaed tapes

Jul 24, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court ordered Nixon to comply with the subpoena that ordered the production of all tapes relating to the Watergate burglary.

Today in 2008: the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 are signed into law

Jul 10, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On July 10, 2008, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 were signed into law by President George W. Bush, creating protections for telecoms who furnish records to the government.

Today in Legal History: Obergefell latest in long line of landmark rulings

Jun 26, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

Obergefell falls on the same date as a number of other major Supreme Court decisions.

Today in 1961: SCOTUS bars compulsory professions of a belief in God for public officeholders

Jun 19, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 19, 1961, the Supreme Court ruled in Torcaso v. Watkins that states may not compel those seeking public office to profess a belief in the existence of God.

Today in 1967: Loving v. Virginia is decided

Jun 12, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia that laws banning interracial marriages were unconstitutional.

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