Society News:

  • Celebration of the 225th Anniversary of the Ratification of the Bill of Rights
    The lecture concluded and will be available online. The recording will be posted by CSPAN in the coming weeks

  • A Centennial Celebration of the Appointment of Justice Brandeis
    The lecture for the Centennial Celebration has concluded, a recording has been made by C-SPAN and will be available shortly. Please check back for updates, once C-SPAN has published the video online we will link to it in our Videos section.

  • The Federal Courts
    The Society is pleased to announce publication of The Federal Courts:An Essential History (Oxford Press, 2016), a one-volume narrative history of the federal courts aimed at the general reader. Developed in partnership with the Federal Judicial Center, this book traces the development of the judicial branch from its inception to today in a highly readable narrative. Available now in our giftshop.


  • LEGAL EATS: Food and the Culture of the U.S. Supreme Court
    Video of this event can be found on the Smithsonian portal, follow this link for more info.


  • The Supreme Court Historical Society Video Collection presents our video interview with our Publications Director Clare Cushman and the Griswold Prize winner Kevin McMahon.


Upcoming Events:

  • The Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan
    Author David Dalin will speak about the eight Jewish men and women who have served as justices of the Supreme Court: Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan. Topics include anti-Semitism, the changing role of Jews within the American legal profession, and the justices’ views and judicial opinions. Former Solicitor General Seth Waxman will join the conversation. A book signing follows the program. Presented in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. and the Supreme Court Historical Society.

  • Frank C. Jones Reenactment of Goesaert v. Cleary
    The Frank C. Jones Reenactment of Goesaert v. Cleary, cosponsored with the Women's Bar Association of DC. will be held May 1, 2017 6:00PM. Tickets for this event have sold out, waitlist registration can be found on the Events page.

  • Gideon v. Wainwright
    The Supreme Court Historical Society and The Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association invite you to attend Gideon v. Wainwright, will be held May 10, 2017 6:00PM. Join the Supreme Court Historical Society and the Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association for an engaging discussion on Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) and its historical context. A reception follows. The discussion will be led by a distinguished panel of jurists and attorneys with decades of experience and insight in criminal law. Online registration is now available, members will receive their physical invitation in the mail in the next couple weeks.


The Society's headquarters is located at Opperman House, 224 East Capitol Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20003. Opperman House has two important resources: The Goldman Library and the Membership Lounge. The Goldman Library has a conference table suitable for small meetings and luncheons. The books housed therein have been collected through the efforts of Professor James B. O'Hara, a Trustee of the Society, and comprise an outstanding collection of judicial biographies, Justices' writings, and histories of the Court.

Contributions to the society may take many forms including direct financial support, grants, in-kind gifts, and bequests. Donors may designate the purpose for which a gift must be spent. Gifts to assist the Society meet its general operating budget are always needed. In addition, the Society works closely with the Supreme Court to acquire and maintain art, antiques, artifacts, and memorabilia documenting the history of the Court for display in the public and private areas of the building. You may click the link here to be taken to our giftshop where you may make an online donation to the Society. You may also call the Society at 202.543.0400 for more information

Our members are the reason we exist! Without your continued support our programs, events and publications would not be available. If you are not a member, please consider joining today. You will receive invitations to all of our events, the Journal of Supreme Court History, the Quarterly newsletter as well as access to the Society's Headquarters in Washington D.C.

Please visit our giftshop located inside the Supreme Court or here online. All members receive a 20% discount on items purchased.