Legal Trivia

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Chief Justice Howard Taft convened the first Judicial Conference in what year?

WRONG! 1909 was the year that Howard Taft took office as president of the United States. 

CORRECT! 2022 marks the centennial of the Judicial Conference. 

WRONG! 1921 was the year that Taft was sworn in as the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. 

WRONG! 1904 was the year that President Roosevelt appointed Taft Secretary of War. 

Which president appointed the highest number of judges during his term?

WRONG! Bill Clinton appointed the second most judges, totaling 378 during his tenure as president.

WRONG! Donald Trump appointed 234 judges during his term as president. Six presidents appointed more judges than him. 

CORRECT! Ronald Reagan appointed 383 judges during his term as president, including 4 Supreme Court justices. 

WRONG! Jimmy Carter appointed 262 judges during his presidency. Four presidents appointed more judges than him. 

Which president appointed the highest number of Supreme Court Justices (besides Washington)?

WRONG! Ronald Reagan appointed 4 justices during his presidency. Six presidents (including Washington) appointed more justices that he did.

WRONG! William Howard Taft appointed 6 justices during his presidency. Two presidents (including Washington) appointed more than him.

WRONG! Abraham Lincoln appointed 5 U.S. Supreme Court justices during his presidency. 

CORRECT! Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed nine justices during his presidency.

What movie franchise trademarked the famous phrase May the fourth be with you?

In what year was Justice Sonia Sotomayor nominated to the Court

What years make up the span of the Warren Court?

Which U.S. President also served as Chief Justice?

Which famous chocolate company lost a trademark dispute case over their gold wrapped Easter bunny chocolates?

Plaintiff John F. Curran took his case to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1973 when his injunction against which city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade was denied?

Which state has the strictest DUI laws?

In which state is it illegal to catch a fish with your bare hands?

Which state has the most civil lawsuits filed?

Who was the youngest justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?

Who was the first female judge appointed to the federal bench?

Who is the youngest person to serve as a judge in the United States?

Which justice sat on the Supreme Court for the longest period of time? 

Who was granted the first patent in the United States? 

Who was the first African-American to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court

To date, which U.S. Supreme Court justice has served or served the Court for the shortest period?

The celebrated decision in this case gave the Supreme Court judicial review.

This comprises the largest block of the Court’s cases.

Who was the first Hispanic-American to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court

Who was the first U.S. president to be a lawyer?

In what year was the American Bar Association founded?

In what year did the Supreme Court increase to nine justices for the final time?

In what state was the first female lawyer, Arabella Mansfield, admitted to the Bar? 

Who was the first Attorney General of the United States and what year did he take office? 

Who was the second Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who took office in 1795?

Which Ninth Circuit Court judge wrote: “Much federal law is not national in scope….It is easy to make a mistake construing these laws when unfamiliar with them, as we often are, or not interpreting them regularly, as we never do.”

How many districts are there in total for the federal judicial system?

Which justices penned concurring opinions in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Which U.S. President also served as Chief Justice?
John Jay
Theodore Roosevelt
Howard Taft
Lyndon B. Johnson
Howard Taft
Howard Taft was the first U.S. president who also served as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
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Which U.S. President also served as Chief Justice?

WRONG! John Jay served as the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court under President Washington. He was not a U.S. President. 

WRONG! Teddy Roosevelt was the 26th U.S. President. He did not serve as a justice.

CORRECT! Howard Taft served as the 27th U.S. President and the 10th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the only person to hold both offices. 

WRONG! LBJ was the 37th U.S. President. He did not serve as a justice.

What years make up the span of the Warren Court?
1930-1953
1969-1986
1953-1969
1947-1962
1953-1969
The sixteen years in which Chief Justice Earl Warren presided over the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Which U.S. President also served as Chief Justice?

WRONG! John Jay served as the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court under President Washington. He was not a U.S. President. 

WRONG! Teddy Roosevelt was the 26th U.S. President. He did not serve as a justice.

CORRECT! Howard Taft served as the 27th U.S. President and the 10th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the only person to hold both offices. 

WRONG! LBJ was the 37th U.S. President. He did not serve as a justice.

WRONG! John Jay served as the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court under President Washington. He was not a U.S. President. 

WRONG! Teddy Roosevelt was the 26th U.S. President. He did not serve as a justice.

CORRECT! Howard Taft served as the 27th U.S. President and the 10th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the only person to hold both offices. 

WRONG! LBJ was the 37th U.S. President. He did not serve as a justice.

Who was the first female judge appointed to the federal bench?
Esther Morris
Elizabeth Lane
Genevieve Cline
Florence Allen
Genevieve Cline
Genevieve Cline was nominated by President Coolidge to a seat on the U.S. Customs Court. She took office June 5, 1928, becoming the first woman appointed to the federal bench in the United States.
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Which U.S. President also served as Chief Justice?
John Jay
Theodore Roosevelt
Howard Taft
Lyndon B. Johnson
Howard Taft
Howard Taft was the first U.S. president who also served as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
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What years make up the span of the Warren Court?
1930-1953
1969-1986
1953-1969
1947-1962
1953-1969
The sixteen years in which Chief Justice Earl Warren presided over the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Who was the first female judge appointed to the federal bench?
Esther Morris
Elizabeth Lane
Genevieve Cline
Florence Allen
Genevieve Cline
Genevieve Cline was nominated by President Coolidge to a seat on the U.S. Customs Court. She took office June 5, 1928, becoming the first woman appointed to the federal bench in the United States.
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