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Souter at 70

The last time a former Supreme Court justice celebrated his 70th birthday after leaving the bench was on June 19, 1980, when Abe Fortas was the birthday boy.

Now, nearly three decades later, it has happened again. Today retired Justice David Souter turns 70.

And now the new septuagenarian is spending much of his time focused on civics education. After giving a speech on the topic at the ABA’s annual meeting this summer, Souter is now urging the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society to come up with more specific ideas about increasing civics education in grade schools.

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