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Tag Archives: Legal History

Legal History Nugget: Needham Law School

Virginia is known as the home of the oldest operating law school in the U.S. and the nation’s second oldest college: William & Mary. But could you name the second law school established in Virginia, which also was the fourth ...

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Virginia to launch U.S. Magna Carta observance

King John signing the Magna Carta, England, 1215

The document that inaugurated the concept of constitutional government eight centuries ago will get an international celebration this year, with a grand premiere in Williamsburg this month. A renowned British historian and an authoritative Virginia constitutional law professor will join ...

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Petersburg historic records put online (access required)

PETERSBURG (AP) Nearly a quarter of a million historic court documents from Petersburg detailing early struggles in the rail and mining industries and with free African Americans are now available online. The Library of Virginia recently completed Petersburg’s chancery records ...

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Quoits … the ‘old golf’ (access required)

How did lawyers socialize years ago? During the late 18th century in the Richmond area, U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall and his contemporaries partook in the social game of quoits. This traditional game of skill required tossing a brass or ...

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Legal History Nugget: Giles B. Jackson (access required)

Editor’s Note: As Black History month draws to a close, we provide a feature, on Giles B. Jackson, the first African-American to argue before the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (now the Supreme Court of Virginia). For Giles B. Jackson, ...

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