Michigan Legal Milestones

“These chapters and all the others are a living read, dealing with legal developments in complete social relief. Michigan`s legal history contains many insightful facts in compelling social and legal histories. It`s a good addition to any library. 7. Augustus Woodward (Omni Hotel Atrium near the escalator, Detroit) – Woodward was the first Chief Justice of the Michigan Territory Supreme Court. He held this position for 19 years and is believed to have developed much of Michigan`s legal foundations. 16. Laughing Whitefish (Michigan Iron Industry Museum, Negaunee) – This case involved a Chippewa chief who had received shares in a mining company. His daughter then tried to claim the actions, but the company retaliated because she was the child of one of her father`s three wives and Michigan had banned polygamy. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled that his claim was valid because polygamy was legal under tribal law and should be recognized on the basis of that fact. The History of Ohio Law is a comprehensive reference book on the origin and development of Ohio law and its relationship to society.

As a model of work in this field, it is the starting point for any study of the subject. In the two volumes The History of Ohio Law, prominent Ohio legal historians, practicing lawyers, and judges present the history of Ohio law and the interaction between law and society in the state. From property rights to civil liberties, from prohibition to abortion, Michigan has been at the center of some of the nation`s biggest legal controversies. With this wonderful collection, publishers Paul Finkelman and Martin Hershock shed new light on the complex and controversial legal history of the state. Impeccably researched and captivatingly written, the twelve essays gathered here represent science at its best. This seminal volume will serve as a starting point for all future studies of Michigan law and society and will be invaluable for the comparative study of state law. As the Michigan Supreme Court enters its third century, The History of Michigan Law is relevant to scholars and students of American history beyond the legal community. Michigan was a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves and free blacks before the Civil War, and an early leader in passing laws protecting civil rights and prohibiting discrimination after that conflict. The state was the site of Ossian Sweet`s murder trial, which illustrated tensions in Michigan between law and popular ideology.

Michigan Law History documents and analyzes these and other legal developments, including labor law history, women`s rights, and legal education. 22. Late Jim Crow (Old Kent Bank Building – Downtown, Grand Rapids) – Until it was challenged here in 1927 by African-American dentist Emmett Bolden, racial discrimination was illegal in public places (under the Michigan Civil Rights Act of 1885) but was practiced regularly. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Nelson Sharpe overturned an earlier ruling in favor of a local theater, ending Jim Crow practices in the state. 32. Prentiss M. Brown: Michigan Lawyer, Mackinac Visionary (Bridge View Park, St. Ignace) – Prentiss M. Brown is considered the “father of the Mackinac Bridge” and was a Michigan attorney who recognized the need for a bridge over the Strait after failing to make it to a case in the Michigan Supreme Court due to winter ice. He was the first president of the Mackinac Bridge Authority and overcame many financial and legal hurdles in trying to build the bridge.

Many historical precedents have taken place in Michigan. A program sponsored by the Michigan State Bar has been reporting on some of these cases since the late 1980s. Michigan Legal Milestone plaques were displayed at 40 locations from 1986 to 2016. We`ve come across some of these plates on our travels, and today we`re going to share a list of where to find all 40 and the cases they cover. Some feature notable personalities, others present innovative work cases, and still others deal with issues such as sport and land rights. Keep an eye out for these Michigan Legal Milestones plaques — many are located in courthouses or municipal buildings across the state. For more information about the program, see www.michbar.org/programs/milestones. The Legal History Workshop includes lectures by leading scholars from across the country working in this interdisciplinary field. It is attended by lecturers from the Faculty of Law as well as a number of other academic departments. The lectures situate legal developments in the social, political, intellectual and cultural context and examine a number of content-related and methodological issues that arise in the course of legal history work.

The contributions deal with historical issues at the interface of law and society, in particular the relationship between law and modernity. Students who receive academic credits for the workshop do not need to have a background in history – just a strong interest in learning about legal history and participating in the type of businesses this seminar represents; They will be full participants in the sessions and should prepare short reviews of the scientific articles presented. Hardcover 978-0-8214-1661-7 Retail Price: $55.00, S. Date published: June 2006 320 pages · 6,125 × 91/4 inches Right: World 33. Poletown and Eminent Domain (Zussman Park and City Hall, Hamtramck) – In 1980, Detroit and Hamtramck partnered with General Motors to condemn a neighborhood to build a new plant. The Michigan Supreme Court upheld the right to eminent domain and extended its scope to economic development. In 2004, the Michigan Supreme Court overturned the decision. 26. Milo Radulovich and the Case of McCarthyism (Detroit College of Law/MSU campus, East Lansing) – When McCarthyism was rampant in the 1950s, Milo Radulovich chose to fight the rejection of his mission in the Air Force because he was “associated with subversive members of his family.” He retained two Michigan lawyers who helped sway public opinion in his favor, and this case is widely regarded as the one that dealt the final blow to Senator Joseph McCarthy`s career. 35. Elk, Oil, Environment (Otesego County Courthouse, Gaylord) – In the 1970s, a battle raged between environmentalists who wanted to preserve the Pigeon River Country State Forest and its herd of elk and oil companies who wanted to drill in the forest. The Michigan Supreme Court issued a decision in 1979 allowing drilling in a selected part of the forest, and years later, the cooperative model that allowed the elk herd to thrive while the forest also provides valuable resources is a model of successful resource management.

39. Great Ferris Fire (1202 South State St., Big Rapids) – Governor G. Mennen Williams signed legislation establishing Ferris State University as a state institution in 1949. When a fire destroyed two-thirds of the campus the following year, it forced Williams to prioritize bipartisan support to continue the planned transfer to the state and rebuild the school. 1. Ossian Sweet Trial (Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, Detroit) – In 1925, famous lawyer Clarence Darrow came to Detroit to defend Dr. Sweet, who was on trial for killing a member of a mob who had shot at his house. Judge Frank Murphy ruled that Sweet had the right to defend his home out of fear for his life, and that this right extended to people of all races. 13. Manistee City Marina (Manistee) – This marker tells the story of how Herbert Harley and Charles Ruggles of Manistee laid the foundation for the American Judicature Society, an organization dedicated to “independent, responsive and highly ethical justice.” 41. First, on the abolition of the death penalty (Coleman A.

Young Municipal Complex, Detroit) – “Le 1. In March 1847, after a decade of independence, Michigan became the first government in the English-speaking world to ban the death penalty for murder and petty crimes. In 1962, led by young lawyer Eugene Wanger, a bipartisan majority of delegates to the state constitutional convention voted to add a new constitutional prohibition stating: “No law shall be passed providing for the death penalty. Michigan is the only state in the Union whose constitution prohibits the death penalty. 36.