David H. Souter

Souter, David Hackett

David Hackett Souter, 1939–, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1990–2009), b. Melrose, Mass. A graduate of the Harvard Law School, he served as New Hampshire's attorney general (1976–78), and on the state's superior court (1978–83) before being named to the New Hampshire Supreme Court (1983–90). After serving only a short time as a judge on the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals (1990), he was named by President George H. W. Bush in July, 1990, to the U.S. Supreme Court, replacing William Brennan. Although regarded initially as a conservative, Souter emerged by the mid-1990s as key to a moderate bloc that resisted pressures from the political right to undo Court precedents of the 1960s and 70s.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions
Leon Friedman; Fred L. Israel.
Chelsea House, vol.5, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Includes "David Hackett Souter"
Supreme Court Appointments: Judge Bork and the Politicization of Senate Confirmations
Norman Vieira; Leonard Gross.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 19 "Judge Souter: A Stealth Nominee"
The Abortion Controversy: A Documentary History
Eva R. Rubin.
Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Document 81 "Testimony of Faye Wattleton, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Nomination of David H. Souter to Be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, 1990" and Document 82 "Comments b
Will, Judgment, and Economic Liberty: Mr. Justice Souter and the Mistranslation of the Due Process Clause
Meese, Alan.
William and Mary Law Review, Vol. 41, No. 1, December 1999
An Empirical Analysis of the Confirmation Hearings of the Justices of the Rehnquist Natural Court
Czarnezki, Jason J.; Ford, William K.; Ringhand, Lori A.
Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 24, No. 1, Spring 2007
Original Thomas, Conventional Souter: What Kind of Justices Should the Next President Pick?
McGinnis, John O.
Policy Review, No. 74, Fall 1995
Federalism and the Double Standard of Judicial Review
Baker, Lynn A.; Young, Ernest A.
Duke Law Journal, Vol. 51, No. 1, October 2001
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