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In Legal Terms: SCOTUS

A new term of the US Supreme Court started last month. What have they discussed, what will they discuss, and who’s on the bench doing the discussing? Our guest for the show today is attorney Max Meyers from the Mississippi Center for Justice.

Did you know there were Justices on our US money?  John Marshall was on the $500 bill, while Salmon P. Chase was on the $10,000 bill. Neither bill is in circulation today. 

We are in the area of the Robert’s Court. It is the 17th.  Supreme Court historians categorize eras in court history by the name of the chief justice presiding over the court and its sessions. There have been 17 chief justices and hence, 17 “Courts.”

Did you know there was a Grandfather / grandson justice duo? John Marshall Harlan II served from 1955 to 1971. His grandfather was the legendary John Marshall Harlan, who served on the Court from 1877 to 1911. The elder Harlan was known as the Great Dissenter for his opposition to rulings that promoted Jim Crow laws in the South.

  • Creation of Supreme Court, powers, members.
  • Now many members, Stare Decisis.

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In Legal Terms: Family Law Task Force

Mississippi Family Law could be changing. There’s a task force considering reforms. We’ll learn what needs to be reformed and what some possible options are with our guest Judge Troy Odom. Odom who was a guest on our show 08112020 to talk about the Chancery Court.,%20domestic%20relations.phpThe Task Force, composed of judges, attorneys, child advocates, and law professors, will study models used by other states for child support, child care, and support expenses and will analyze current trends of law regarding no-fault divorce, child support payments past the age of majority for disabled children, and costs for guardians ad litem who represent the best interests of children.The 2021 Legislature established a task force to study Mississippi’s domestic relations laws and to develop recommendations to the Legislature and the Mississippi Supreme Court for the purpose of revising Mississippi’s domestic relations laws and rules of court. Our guest is Judge Troy Odom a member of that task force.In Legal Terms has talked about Family Law before. You can find our broadcasts about: Divorce and Money 051121 Laws affecting Children 030320 031720 and taxes 031020 Custody 021919 2018