Me, Justice Stevens, and the Dublin Marathon

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6 Responses

  1. Mike Zimmer says:

    Spencer, Great post. My most vivid remembrance of Justice Stevens was his speech at the inaugural Fairchild Lecture at the University of Wisconsin. He was on the 7th circuit when he got that call about his nomination for the Supreme Court. Judge Fairchild was, according to him, the first person he turned to. And, according to him, Tom Fairchild was the only one keeping his head on straight in all the excitement. At one point, Justice Stevens said he asked , “Why me?” Fairchild responded, “Your the only antitrust litigator here and the most conservative member of this court.” Stevens, said something to the effect, “Oh, yah, I forgot that.” His speech was a warm, witty and personal presentation. It showed that he is just the kind of person I want on the Court. Tom Fairchild thought so too.

  2. Dave says:

    Roberts was a litigator for quite some time

  3. Orin Kerr says:

    Kennedy was a litigator, too.

  4. Will Baude says:

    Do you mean civil-trial litigator? The Chief Justice was an appellate litigator for years; Justice Alito litigated criminal cases on behalf of the United States. And anyway, Justice Sotomayor litigated civil cases before she became a judge, as well as criminal ones.

  5. Spencer Weber Waller says:

    Roberts was head of appellate litigation for Hogan & Hartson prior to his appointment to SCOTUS. Kennedy also practiced for some time, but was in substantial part a lobbyist in Sacramento prior to his appointment to the bench. Stevens remains the only current Justice whose primary practice prior to the bench was as a civil litigator who actually tried cases.