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Belva Lockwood, first women to argue before Supreme Court

This Week in History – Women Permitted to Argue Before Supreme Court


Photo: Belva Lockwood. On March 3, 1879, Belva Lockwood was sworn in as the first woman lawyer able to practice before the United States Supreme Court, and in 1880, she actually argued a case, Kaiser v. Stickney, before the justices, becoming the first woman to do so. (Source: Library of Congress)

West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Kelly V. Landers recalls events of significance that occurred this week in history.

On February 14, 1929, St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: 7 members of Bugs Moran’s gang were murdered by Al Capone’s men in a Chicago gangland hit.

On February 15, Happy President’s Day!  Washington’s birthday.

On February 15, 1879, statute permitting female lawyers to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court was enacted.

On February 17, 1992, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison for 15 counts of murder.

On February 18, 1970, the Chicago 7 were acquitted of Conspiracy to disrupt the 1968 Democratic Convention.

On February 18, 1972, the California Supreme Court declares the death penalty unconstitutional.

On February 20, 1962, U.S. Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

Don’t take yourself too seriously, nobody else does!  -Anonymous

Have a great week!

Photos of the Week

Grandparent’s Day at Rosarian Academy. Below (clockwise), Grandma Guffey with Liam, Liam and Madeleine Landers, Kelly and Liam Landers.

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