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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California’s War of Extermination Against American Indians: Legislation & Litigation

December 1, 2022

Join us as our distinguished panel addresses California’s history with respect to the local Native American population from the mid-1850s through the present day.

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Perez v. Sharp: A California Landmark Case that Overturned a Century-Old Ban on Interracial Marriage

November 16, 2022

Join us for an engaging presentation on the 1948 case, Perez v. Sharp, where the California Supreme Court found unconstitutional the state’s laws prohibiting inter-racial marriage.

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A Conversation with Judge William Alsup on His New Book

October 25, 2022

Join us for a conversation with the Northern District’s own Judge William Alsup about his new book, The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald.