Monday, September 19, 2011

Journal of Supreme Court History

The Journal of Supreme Court History, volume 36, issue 2 (July 2011) is out or, at least, available from Wiley on-line. Here are the articles:

An Assault on Justice: John McKinley and the Affair at Jackson by Steven P. Brown.

Because of “His Spotless Integrity of Character”: The Story of Salmon P. Chase: Cabinets, Courts, and Currencies, by Emily Kendall

Lochner and Constitutional Continuity, by David E. Bernstein

“Spreading the Wealth”: Justice Tom C. Clark's Wide-ranging Efforts to Open the Doors of the Law Clerk Ranks, by Craig Alan Smith
Associate Justice Tom C. Clark retired from the Supreme Court at the conclusion of its 1966 term to avoid even the appearance of impropriety when his son, Ramsey, became the U.S. Attorney General. “I believe it would be best for me to retire,” Clark wrote one well-wisher, “Litigants have enough problems without having a father-son psychology to face. And while there is no actual conflict the potential is there and the appearance of justice is as important and effective as the real thing.” Clark had served on the Court eighteen years, and he began his retirement with a three-month, state-sponsored goodwill trip around the world, which was cut short when he contracted hepatitis in Thailand.