The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years

The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years

by John Paul Stevens

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Overview

A "timely and hugely important" account of his life on the Supreme Court (New York Times)

When Justice John Paul Stevens retired from the Supreme Court of the United States in 2010, he left a legacy of service unequaled in the history of the Court. During his thirty-four-year tenure, Justice Stevens was a prolific writer, authoring more than 1000 opinions. In THE MAKING OF A JUSTICE, John Paul Stevens recounts his extraordinary life, offering an intimate and illuminating account of his service on the nation's highest court.

Appointed by President Gerald Ford and eventually retiring during President Obama's first term, Justice Stevens has been witness to, and an integral part of, landmark changes in American society.

With stories of growing up in Chicago, his work as a naval traffic analyst at Pearl Harbor during World War II, and his early days in private practice, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most important Supreme Court decisions over the last four decades, THE MAKING OF A JUSTICE offers a warm and fascinating account of Justice Stevens' unique and transformative American life.This comprehensive memoir is a must read for those trying to better understand our country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316489645
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 28,529
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Justice John Paul Stevens served on U.S. Supreme Court from 1975 until his retirement in 2010. He is the third-longest serving Justice in American history. Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1920, Stevens served in the United States Navy during World War II and graduated from Northwestern University School of Law. He was appointed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 1970 by President Richard Nixon and to the Supreme Court in 1975 by Gerald Ford. He was the author of two other books, Five Chiefs and Six Amendments. Justice Stevens passed away in 2019.

Table of Contents

My First Ninety-Four Years 3

1 My Ancestors 5

2 Grammar School 9

3 FDR and Babe Ruth 17

4 The Armed Robbery 19

5 The World's Fair 23

6 Delavan, Wisconsin 27

7 The University of Chicago 31

8 Joining the Navy 35

9 Naval Service on Oahu 43

10 Law School 53

11 Law Clerk for Wiley Rutledge 61

12 The Poppenhusen Firm 69

13 The "Celler Committee" 75

14 The 1952 GOP Convention 81

15 Rothschild, Stevens & Barry 83

16 Pro Bono Work 93

17 Teaching Antitrust Law 97

18 People v. Isaacs 101

19 The Court of Appeals 107

20 Two Scandals 123

21 Taking the Oath of Office 133

22 The Stevens Court 135

October Term 1975 - My First Term 135

October Term 1976 149

October Term 1977 157

October Term 1978 165

October Term 1979 171

October Term 1980 178

23 The O'Connor Court 185

October Term 1981 185

October Term 1982 190

October Term 1983 196

October Term 1984 207

October Term 1985 214

24 The Scalia Court 227

October Term 1986 227

25 The Kennedy Court 237

October Term 1987 237

October Term 1988 241

October Term 1989 250

26 The Souter Court 263

October Term 1990 263

27 The Thomas Court 273

October Term 1991 273

October Term 1992 283

28 The Ginsburg Court 291

October Term 1993 291

29 The Breyer Court 301

October Term 1994 301

October Term 1995 312

October Term 1996 319

October Term 1997 324

October Term 1998 337

October Term 1999 349

October Term 2000 358

October Term 2001 381

October Term 2002 395

October Term 2003 406

October Term 2004 426

30 The Roberts and Alito Courts 449

October Term 2005 449

October Term 2006 461

October Term 2007 473

October Term 2008 487

31 The Sotomayor Court 499

October Term 2009 499

32 The Kagan Court 521

October Term 2010 521

My Ninety-Fourth Birthday 529

Acknowledgments 533

Index 535

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