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Recent Decisions

December 10, 2018
United States v. Stitt (17-765)
The term “burglary” in the Armed Career Criminal Act includes burglary of a structure or vehicle that has been adapted or is customarily used for overnight accommodation.

November 27, 2018
Weyerhaeuser Co. v. United States Fish and Wildlife Serv. (17-71)
An area is eligible for designation as “critical habitat” under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 only if it is habitat for the listed species; and the Secretary of the Interior’s decision not to exclude an area from critical habitat under 16 U. S. C. §1533(b)(2) is subject to judicial review.

November 06, 2018
Mount Lemmon Fire Dist. v. Guido (17-587)
State and local governments are covered employers under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 regardless of the number of employees they have.

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First Woman to Argue Before the Supreme Court

In November 1880, Belva Lockwood became the first woman to argue before the Supreme Court when she argued Kaiser  v. Stickney. The case concerned a $16,000 debt owed by Lockwood’s client, Caroline Kaiser. Ironically, given Lockwood’s beliefs and experience, she and her co-counsel invoked the legal doctrine of coverture — under which a married woman was deemed to be under her husband’s legal protection and authority — to contend that Kaiser did not have to pay the money owed. Lockwood argued in Court on Kaiser’s behalf for 20 minutes. Although Kaiser lost her case, Lockwood made history.

Belva Lockwood is one of several trailblazers featured in the exhibit, In Re Lady Lawyers: The Rise of Women Attorneys and the Supreme Court, located on the ground floor of the Supreme Court Building.


Portrait of Belva Lockwood attributed to Benjamin J. Falk, circa 1880-1884.
Portrait of Belva Lockwood attributed to Benjamin J. Falk, circa 1880-1884.
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