Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Women Practice Before the Supreme Court Thanks to a 138-Year-Old Law

Today in history: In 1879, the Republican Congress passed a bill that finally let women practice before the Supreme Court. President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law exactly 138 years ago.
Congressional Record, Forty-fifth Congress, Session III, p. 292. 

Chapter 81 reads:

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any woman who shall have been a member of the bar of the highest court of any State or Territory or of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia for the space of three years, and shall have maintained a good standing before such court, and who shall be a person of good moral character, shall, on motion, and the production of such record, be admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. Approved, February 15, 1879.

[Thanks to Julie M. Silverbrook (Twitter @JMSilverbrook) for this tidbit.]

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