Q&A with John Paul Stevens
Former Justice John Paul Stevens discussed his memoir that details the workings of the Supreme Court from his personal interactions with… read more
Former Justice John Paul Stevens discussed his memoir that details the workings of the Supreme Court from his personal interactions with the five most recent chief justices, beginning with the 1947 term and culminating in his resignation at the end of the 2010 term. He related his personal views of each chief justice and stories of his own career including his attendance at Northwestern Law School. He shared information about many of the most complex and controversial decisions he was involved with including freedom of speech, affirmative action, and capital punishment.
John Paul Stevens graduated first in his class in 1947 and was co-editor of the Northwestern Law Review. Nominated by President Richard Nixon, he served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1970 until 1975. He was then nominated by President Gerald Ford as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, where he served until he retired in June 2010. close
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