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On this day, the first African American sworn in as Supreme Court lawyer

February 1, 2019 By Sheldon Gilbert

On February 1, 1865—the same day President Lincoln signed sent the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery to the states—John S. Rock was sworn in as the first African American lawyer admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Constitution This Week: Cell phones, tweets, and strip searches

April 6, 2012 By Holly Munson

The Constitution in the news this week: cell phone tracking, teens on Twitter, the Supreme Court's ruling on strip searches, President Obama's civics lesson, and same-sex couples on immigration.

U.S. v. Jones was a landmark digital privacy decision—but what about privacy in 2025?

January 24, 2012 By Jeffrey Rosen

The Supreme Court’s decision this week in U.S. v. Jones is the most important privacy development of the Roberts era.

This week and the Constitution: Civic awesomeness, amending, and GOP one-upmanship

January 22, 2012 By Holly Munson

More than ever, citizens, pundits, and politicians are turning to the Constitution for answers--and sometimes ammunition, as they try to prove the Constitution is on their side.

Students, MySpace, and the First Amendment

January 19, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

It has long appeared to be a basic legal principle that, while public school officials are the masters of their own domain, they generally do not have authority elsewhere -- unless they can show that off-campus activity directly implicates the operation of the schools.

Constitution Check: Do civil rights laws protect church employees?

January 17, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

While lower courts for years have often recognized a “ministerial exception” to federal, state and local laws against discrimination in the workplace, the Supreme Court itself had never done so. Although bold in some ways, the decision was, in fact, quite cautious.

What Would Dr. King Say?

January 16, 2012 By Todd Brewster

Is it time to finally declare Dixie “changed”? That is at the heart of the Texas redistricting decision now before the Supreme Court.

Elections, Money and the Limits of Constitutional Logic

January 12, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

In 1921, when Benjamin Cardozo was a justice on New York's highest state court (about a decade before he would become a Supreme Court Justice), he cautioned in a famous lecture series that logic could become too strong a driving force as judges decided cases.

A Constitution for Facebook?

January 9, 2012 By Lori Andrews

In Philadelphia 225 years ago, the U.S. Constitution was drafted. Now Pennsylvania is the site of the creation of a second Constitution as courts across the state determine what rules should govern social networks.

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