About the Northern District Court Historical Society

Since 1977, the Northern District Court 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 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 online bookstore.

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The Civil Rights Act at 60: Then, Now, and Tomorrow

May 16, 2024

Please join us on Thursday, May 16th, for a fascinating program on the Civil Rights Act, which became law in 1964.  Through an interview by Judge William Alsup, we will hear from Judge Thelton Henderson (Ret.), the first Black attorney in the Civil Rig… Continue Reading The Civil Rights Act at 60: Then, Now, and Tomorrow

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The Murder Trial of Vincent Chin: A Trial Reenactment

May 1, 2024

On June 19, 1982, Vincent Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese American, was beaten to death by two white men. They received three years probation and a fine of $3,000. Using the AABA-NY’s script based on trial transcripts, the program will examine the proceedi… Continue Reading The Murder Trial of Vincent Chin: A Trial Reenactment

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Anti-Asian Hate – Past and Present – with Hope for the Future: A Case Study of Law, Politics, and Practice

February 28, 2024

at the UC School of Law Deb Colloquium Room 333 Golden Gate Ave. San Francisco, California MCLE Materials