National Constitution Center senior fellow Christopher Phillips looks at the theoretical debate that the Declaration of Independence should be considered, when relevant, on par with the Constitution in legal cases.
The legendary confrontation between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow in the Scopes Monkey Trial took place on a hot Monday afternoon in July 1925. But real clash of the cultural titans didn’t exactly match what was later popularized in movies and theater.
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.
In the last of the three-part series, Jeffrey Shulman from Georgetown Law looks at how the 2000 Troxel case was a missed opportunity to give parental rights a constitutional upgrade.
Back on remand from the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit this week upheld the use of affirmative action in admissions by the University of Texas at Austin.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held this week that the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board violated the free speech provision of the First Amendment when it refused to approve specialty license plates bearing the Confederate battle flag.
On July 18, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted his party’s nomination to run for a third term in office—an unprecedented act that would be barred by a constitutional amendment a decade later.
In the on-going battle between Congress and the District of Columbia over who runs the federal district, two fights over marijuana use have opened up some old constitutional wounds.
Reading a dissent from the bench is a bold move for a Supreme Court Justice. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg demonstrated a few weeks ago in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, it signifies severe disagreement with the majority opinion.
It’s the 270th birthday of a Founding Father whose name you know today as part of a controversial political term.