• Attorneys and journalists who were there, playing lead roles in Iran-Contra, were the featured panelists in the first of the Society's "Historic Cases" panels on December 3, 2003. Discussing the roles, activities, and perspectives that the three branches of government and the press played during Iran-Contra, panelists revealed what went on in front of, and behind, the cameras, shedding new light on a complex matter that captured the attention of prosecutors, courts and the public in the late 1980's.

Iran-Contra

Attorneys and journalists who were there, playing lead roles in Iran-Contra, were the featured panelists in the first of the Society's "Historic Cases" panels on December 3, 2003. Discussing the roles, activities, and perspectives that the three branches of government and the press played during Iran-Contra, panelists revealed what went on in front of, and behind, the cameras, shedding new light on a complex matter that captured the attention of prosecutors, courts and the public in the late 1980's.

Iran-Contra2019-04-18T01:43:16-04:00

Life in the Trenches

Think a trial judge's job is mainly to ride herd on what happens in the courtroom? Think again. In the Iran-Contra case, lawyers for Oliver North filed over 100 motions before the trial even began, and the judge, U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell, was obliged to issue 193 separate written opinions before a verdict was reached.

Life in the Trenches2019-09-03T22:30:09-04:00

Separation of Powers and the Independent Counsel: Morrison v. Olson Revisited

A reenactment of the D.C. Circuit argument in Morrison v. Olson on October 28, 2015. Senior Judge Laurence Silberman presided over the argument, with Theodore B. Olson (representing himself) and Catherine E. Stetson (representing the Independent Counsel).

Separation of Powers and the Independent Counsel: Morrison v. Olson Revisited2019-08-22T12:47:04-04:00

The Contribution of the D.C. Circuit to Administrative Law

Read about the contribution of the DC Circuit to Administrative Law, with keynote speaker Judge Patricia Wald and contributors Professor Jeremy Rabkin, Lloyd Cutler and Paul Verkuil.

The Contribution of the D.C. Circuit to Administrative Law2019-11-12T18:23:28-05:00
  • In the fall of 1986, the Senate and House convened special committees to investigate covert sales of U.S. arms to Iran and the diversion of proceeds to fund rebel groups in Nicaragua.

Iran-Contra, 1986

In the fall of 1986, the Senate and House convened special committees to investigate covert sales of U.S. arms to Iran and the diversion of proceeds to fund rebel groups in Nicaragua.

Iran-Contra, 19862019-03-03T17:12:31-05:00

Uniting the Two Courts

Until 1952 the U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court operated under separate roofs in fact, many roofs. Previously, the Court of Appeals occupied a Greek Revival structure built in 1909 near the former City Hall at John Marshall Place and D Street, N.W.

Uniting the Two Courts2018-12-10T19:11:30-05:00

Selma and the Voting Rights Act in Oral History, The Civil Rights Division

You hear the name John Doar fleetingly in the recent film, Selma, which portrays the dramatic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to build support for passage of the Voting Rights Act. The story is told from the perspectives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Lyndon Johnson.

Selma and the Voting Rights Act in Oral History, The Civil Rights Division2018-12-10T18:46:16-05:00

The Historical Society Revisits The Chevron Doctrine

On June 13, the Society took a retrospective look at the Chevron Doctrine, 35 years old this year. The program, the first of the newly announced “Judge Patricia M. Wald Programs on Life and Law in the Courts of the D.C. Circuit,” featured a re-enactment of the arguments over EPA’s interpretation of an ambiguous provision of the Clean Air Act presented in NRDC v. Gorsuch, 685 F .2d 718 (1982).

The Historical Society Revisits The Chevron Doctrine2019-08-22T02:43:37-04:00

Jodie Bernstein: The Efficient Leader

Jodie Bernstein, chair of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians that recommended reparations to Japanese Americans interned during World War II, is perhaps one of the best examples of efficiency and assertiveness under pressure.

Jodie Bernstein: The Efficient Leader2018-12-10T19:10:42-05:00