Landmark Cases

Here is a list of selected Landmark Cases from the US Supreme Court between 1835 and 1986 organized by Chief Justice.  Students in this seminar are aspiring to create helpful online summaries and research guides to these cases.

Taney Court (1835-1864)

Chase Court (1864-1873)

  • Ex parte Milligan (1866)
  • Legal Tender Cases (1869-71)
  • Slaughterhouse Cases (1873)
  • Minor v. Happersett (1873)

Waite Court (1874-1888)

  • US v. Cruikshank (1875)
  • Munn v. Illinois (1876)
  • Civil Rights Cases (1883)

Fuller Court (1888-1910)

White Court (1910-1921)

  • Schenck v. US (1919)
  • Debs v. US (1919)
  • Abrams v. US (1919)

Taft Court (1921-1930)

  • Gong Lum v. Rice (1927)
  • Olmstead v. US (1928)

Hughes Court (1930-1941)

  • US v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp (1936)
  • NLRB v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp (1937)
  • US v. Miller (1939)

Stone Court (1941-1946)

Vinson Court (1946-1953)

Warren Court (1953-1969)

  • Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
  • Brown v. Board of Education II (1955)
  • Gayle v. Browder (1956)
  • Yates v. US (1957)
  • Cooper v. Aaron (1958)
  • Mapp v. Ohio (1961)
  • Baker v. Carr (1962)
  • Engel v. Vitale (1962)
  • Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)
  • Abington School District v. Schempp (1963)
  • New York Times v. Sullivan (1964)
  • Reynolds v. Sims (1964)
  • Escobedo v. Illinois (1964)
  • Miranda v. Arizona (1966)
  • Loving v. Virginia (1967)

Burger Court (1969-1986)

  • Griggs v. Duke Power Co (1971)
  • Flood v. Kuhn (1972)
  • Furman v. George (1972)
  • Roe v. Wade (1973)
  • San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez (1973)
  • Miller v. California (1973)
  • US v. Nixon (1974)
  • Buckley v. Valeo (1976)
  • Bowers v. Hardwick (1986)