ABOUT THE NORTHERN DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
For almost 25 years the Northern District Historical Society has been protecting and enlivening the rich judicial history of the court. From the Chinese Exclusion Laws to Patty Hearst to cutting edge technology disputes, the Northern District has been in the thick of the some of the thorniest problems and most interesting events in California history. The goal of the Society is to preserve, share and enliven the court's history with lawyers, educators, scholars and students.
The Historical Society has written, published and/or collaborated on a number of excellent books covering important topics in the history of Northern California and its federal district court. We are pleased to offer Historical Society books for sale through our on-line bookstore.
Historical Society Program Announcements
Mad Men move over! When our panelists and honorees began practice in the 1940's and 50's the District Court was still with the Circuit Court over at 7th and Mission. Some federal courts still had spittoons and printed codes of attire. Court Criers announced the judge's arrival. Hot cases in the Federal Court were about Tokyo Rose and whether to ban Henry Miller's books as pornography. Lawyers started with a law firm, and stayed there! Come join us as we trace the glorious history of law practice in the Federal Courts through the eyes of our panelists:
e. robert (bob) wallach
Moderator: William Edlund
Date: March 19, 2014
Time: 4:00-5:30p.m., reception to follow
Place: Ceremonial Courtroom, 19th Floor,
450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
Program is Free and Open to the Public,
TO RESERVE A SPACE YOU MUST RSVP TO:
Questions: (415) 522-4151
Can't make the program? Check out the Historical Society's New Book
Our Newest Book:
The Court That Tamed the West
From the gold rush to the Internet boom, the US District Court for the Northern District of California has played a major role in how business is done and life is lived on the Pacific Coast. When California was first admitted to the Union, pioneers were busy prospecting for new fortunes, building towns and cities--and suing each other. San Francisco became the epicenter of a litigious new world being cobbled together from gold dust and sand dunes. Its federal court set precedents, from deciding the fate of Mexican land grants and shanghaied sailors to civil rights for Chinese immigrants. Through the era of Prohibition and the labor movement to World War II and the tumultuous sixties and seventies, the court’s historic rulings have defined the Bay Area’s geography, culture, and commerce. Sponsored by the Northern District Court’s Historical Society and told by veteran journalists, The Court That Tamed the West presents the region’s history through a new lens, offering insight along with great storytelling
Order from: HistoricalSociety@cand.uscourts.gov or Heydaydaybooks.com or Amazon.com
Past program presenters have included: Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his brother, Northern District Court Judge Charles Breyer; New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Linda Greenhouse; former Soliticer General Seth Waxman; former White House Counsels John Dean, Abner Mikva and Greg Craig; Pulitzer prize winning Professor Jack Rakove; and Harvard Professor Charles Ogletree, Jr.
The Society's major preservation project is a book about the Northern District, currently in process.
Other preservation projects have included a series of oral histories of judges. Starting with Judge Wollenberg, who in a previous career as a United States Attorney prosecuted train robbers and Prohibition violators in the 1920's, the histories continue through to judges who are currently on the bench. These histories capture not only the facts of Northern District cases, but the flavor of the times through the judges’ reminiscences.
While revering history, the Historical Society looks forward to a very bright future. Member benefits include priority sign-up for events, invitations to special members-only receptions, discounts on Historical Society publications and more!
For membership information contact the Society.