In celebration of July Fourth, citizens, attorneys and federal judges from across the country reflect on what independence means and how the U.S. courts protect their freedoms. In a brief video, participants from Washington, New York City and San Francisco also share their thoughts on two key phrases from the Declaration of Independence: "All men are created equal," and "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
In celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Federal Judiciary Act of 1789, the Federal Judges Association and the Federal Bar Association have teamed up to sponsor a nationwide essay contest for high school students.
With May 17 approaching as the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the U.S. Courts website has resources to commemorate the landmark ruling that ended segregation in public education.
In the mid-1940s, Judge J. Waties Waring from South Carolina had an epiphany that shook his life, his state, and American racial history. Segregation, he concluded, was not just wrong, but unlawful. On April 11, Judge Waring’s legacy was reclaimed, with a statue honoring his memory.
African American History Month, celebrated every February, this year occurs during the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and of Freedom Summer, two landmark events that helped end legal segregation in America.