Cecil Poole: A Life In The Law by James Haskins. Written for young adult readers, this book recounts the uplifting story of the first African American U.S. Attorney in the continental United States, who culminated his 40-year legal career with service on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. "Cheers to the Ninth Circuit Historical Society for telling [this] inspiring story. . ." --U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
For printed publication: 172 pages, 6 x 9, trade paper. ISBN 0-9635086-2-8.
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The audiobook is read by Darla Middlebrook, an actress and voice over artist who is also a trained speech pathologist. She can be heard on the audiobooks Sojourner Truth: Antislavery Activist by Peter Krauss and Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Leader by Mary Hull (Redwood Audio), and is one of several voice over artists who lend their voices to AIRS-LA: Audio Internet Reading Service of Los Angeles. Originally from Ohio, she resides in Saskatchewan, Canada.
In 1971, William Rehnquist seemed the perfect choice to fill a seat on the United States Supreme Court. He was a young, well-polished lawyer who shared many of President Richard Nixon's philosophies and faced no major objections from the Senate. But in truth, the nomination was anything but straightforward. Now, for the first time, former White House counsel John Dean tells the story of Rehnquist's appointment. Dean offers readers a place in the White House inner circle, providing an unprecedented look at a government process.
Root and Branch: Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and the Struggle to End Segregation
Jan 22, 2013 by Rawn James Jr.
Although widely viewed as the beginning of the legal struggle to end segregation, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Brown v. Board of Education was in fact the culmination of decades of court challenges led by a band of lawyers intent on dismantling Jim Crow one statute at a time. Charles Hamilton Houston laid the groundwork, reinventing the law school at Howard University (where he taught a young, brash Thurgood Marshall) and becoming special counsel to the NAACP. Later, Houston and Marshall traveled through the South, often at great personal risk, chipping away, case by case, at the legal foundations of racial oppression. The buttoned-up Houston and the easygoing Marshall made an unlikely pair-but their partnership made an unforgettable impact on American history.
Western Legal History contains stimulating and reflective articles, interviews, and book reviews focused on the history of law in the American West and the Pacific Islands. Prominent authors in history, law, political science, and other fields explore and illuminate the role that the law has played in the West, from precontact times to today. Published twice yearly. Subscriptions are a benefit of membership in the NJCHS. ISSN 0896-2189 NJCHS Members receive a 20% discount on our books.
Edited by Jane L. Scheiber & Harry N. Scheiber. This symposium issue presents three articles exploring the legal history of the former Pacific island territories of the United States and of other colonial powers. In addition to editing this symposium, the Scheibers have coauthored with Benjamin Jones a ground-breaking article on the treatment of Japanese-American citizens under the regime of martial law in Hawai'i during World War II. Judge Alfred T. Goodwin contributes an article exploring the continuing role of the Ninth Circuit's Pacific Islands Committee in the former Trust Territories in the Pacific. Jon M. Van Dyke provides an analysis of the history of the South Pacific Judicial Conference and its successor, the Pacific Judicial Conference, and the role their leaders have played in advancing the rule of law and judicial independence in the region. 243 pages, 6 x 9, trade paper. Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2 (2009)
This special issue contains ten original essays offering a broad overview of the past and present issues relating to the Bill of Rights in the western states and the Pacific islands. Essays explore Native American rights, the suppression of free speech, Latino civil rights activism, modern concepts of privacy, racial restrictions on housing, martial law in Hawaii during World War II, economic rights, and the concept of due process. Teachers learning guide included at no additional cost. 251 pages, 6 x 9, trade paper. Vol. 3, No. 2 (Summer/Fall 1990)
Edited by Peter L. Reich. This collection of essays explores various aspects of a fundamental issue in western legal history. Topics include historiographic trends, water and politics in northern New Mexico, the principle of equitable apportionment, the Pecos River Compact, and water rights in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Also included are book reviews and a bibliography. 135 pages, 6 x 9, trade paper. Vol. 9, No. 1 (Winter/Spring 1996)
Legal Research for Historians by David L. McFadden. From Western Legal History, Vol. 10, Nos. 1 & 2. This article explains the basic sources and techniques of legal research for historians and others not formally prepared to work with cases, statutes, and other legal materials.
Saving Yesterday Today for Tomorrow: A Guide to Oral History For The Bench And Bar by Carol Hicke. The information in this guide has been gleaned from a wide array of oral history programs and is based on the knowledge and experiences of oral historians at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C.; the Oregon Historical Society; the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California, Berkeley; and the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society. The guide is in two parts: the first offers step-by-step procedures for conducting an oral history; the second deals with the problems of establishing a program and includes explanations about the discipline of oral history.
Studying the West in Federal Court Records by Larisa K. Miller. From Western Legal History, Vol. 10, Nos. 1 & 2. Federal courts have been intimately involved in the growth and expansion of the American West, and the court records held by the Pacific Region (San Francisco) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) illuminate and enrich the history of that growth. In addition to recording legal decisions and constitutional precedents (which can be obtained from a law library), this vast collection of primary sources documents important issues in the economic, environmental, and social history of the West, and serves as a unique resource for historical research.
The Lives and Careers of Judges and Other Employees in the Federal Judicial System: Some Pointers on Research by Claire Prechtel-Kluskens. From Western Legal History, Vol. 10, Nos. 1 & 2. A variety of records and publications are useful in researching the lives and careers of judges, marshals, clerks of court, and other employees in the federal judicial system, including records of the federal government held by the National Archives and Records Administration. This article identifies some of those sources, with an emphasis on nineteenth-century records.
Ninth Circuit Courthouse Celebrated - October, 2014
The oldest active federal courthouse west of the Mississippi, Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse, was celebrated in a special program in October, 2014. Professor James Mooney of the University of Oregon School of Law recounted the life and career of Oregon’s first district judge, Matthew Deady to over 100 guests in the building’s courtroom.
The NJCHS engaged CWF Media to videotape the October 23rd program in its entirety for ultimate distribution to the Ninth Circuit and interested high schools. To obtain a copy of the videotape, please contact: NJCHS.ExecutiveDirector@gmail.com or call (415) 757-0286. Attendees were given copies of the special issue of Western Legal History devoted to the history of the courthouse. This special issue features an article on Matthew Deady, an oral history of Judge John Kilkenny, who led preservation efforts in the 1970s, an article by Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, and a historical photo essay.
In June 2013, in Los Angeles, the NJCHS and the California Supreme Court Historical Society co-sponsored a multimedia program exploring state’s rights and federalism as illustrated by notorious events in the life of California Supreme Court Chief Justice David Terry (1855-59).
The program was held in the Ronald Reagan State Office Building in Los Angeles, Over 150 attendees enjoyed the program, which featured judges from the U.S. District Court and the California Court of Appeal reading original documents about Terry’s duel with a U.S. senator, his 1856 clash with the San Francisco Vigilance Committee, and his 1889 assault on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field.
The struggle to bring a federal courthouse to Orange County is the subject of a video project the NJCHS developed with the aid of District Judge Dave Carter. Filmed at the Santa Ana Courthouse, through interviews with Judges Manuel Real, Terry Hatter, Dickran Tevrizian, Gary Taylor, Andrew Guilford, Bankruptcy Judge John Ryan, Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato, and former Congressmen Jerry Patterson and Christopher Cox, this stunning video documents the successful efforts which led to the construction of the Santa Ana Courthouse.
The video was premiered at the Orange County Federal Bar Association meeting and was enthusiastically received.