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10 facts about the most famous scene in legal history

July 20, 2019 by NCC Staff

The legendary confrontation between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow in the Scopes Monkey Trial took place on a hot Monday afternoon on July 20, 1925. But the real clash of the cultural titans didn’t exactly match what was later popularized in movies and theater.

The history of legal challenges to the Pledge of Allegiance

June 14, 2019 by Scott Bomboy

The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States' flag has been part of American life for generations, but not without some constitutional controversy.

The Scopes Monkey trial and the Constitution

July 21, 2018 by Scott Bomboy

On July 21, 1925, the famous Scopes Monkey trial over teaching evolution in public schools concluded. Mostly remembered today was the clash between two legendary public figures. But the legal fight didn’t end that day in Tennessee.

West Virginia v. Barnette: The freedom to not pledge allegiance

June 14, 2017 by Symone Mazzotta

On June 14, 1943, the Supreme Court ruled that public school students cannot be forced to salute and pledge allegiance to the U.S. flag.

‘Tis the season for religious holiday display controversies

December 21, 2016 by Scott Bomboy

As another holiday season approaches, the annual debates about the appropriateness of religious-themed displays on public property continue.

What is RFRA and why do we care?

June 30, 2014 by Scott Bomboy

One of the key components of today’s Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. But what is RFRA and how does it apply to cases involving Obamacare and discrimination against same-sex couples?

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