In 2007, the Robert H. Jackson Center [pictured at left] and the Supreme Court Historical Society sponsored a 55th anniversary roundtable discussion of the Court’s 1951-52 Term. The participants were Charles Hileman, former law clerk to Justice Harold H. Burton; Hon. Abner J. Mikva, former law clerk to Justice Sherman Minton; James C.N. Paul, former law clerk to Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson; Neal P. Rutledge, former law clerk to Justice Hugo L. Black; and Marshall L. Small, former law clerk to Justice William O. Douglas. The roundtable, which I moderated with Dean Ken Gormley of Duquesne Law School, also included a videotaped 2002 Steel Seizure interview with Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, former law clerk to Justice Jackson.***
In addition to the Steel Seizure Cases, the topics discussed include the Justices of the Vinson Court; Zorach v. Clausen (Establishment of religion); Sacher v. United States (criminal contempt convictions of attorneys representing officials of the Communist Party of the United States); Adler v. Board of Education (teacher’s refusal to sign an anti-Communist oath); and Brown v. Board of Education and the other school segregation cases that were in 1951-52 coming to the Supreme Court.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
U.S. Supreme Court, 1951-52: The View from the Law Clerks
Posted by Dan Ernst
John Q. Barrett, St. John's University School of Law, announces, via his "Jackson List," the publication in the St. John's Law Review of a roundtable discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1951-52 Term. (The published roundtable is here.) Professor Barrett explains: