Burger Supreme Court

Burger, Warren Earl

Warren Earl Burger, 1907–95, American jurist, 15th chief justice of the United States (1969–86), b. St. Paul, Minn. After receiving his law degree in 1931 from St. Paul College of Law (now Mitchell College of Law), he was admitted to the Minnesota bar and taught and practiced law in St. Paul. He was (1953–56) assistant attorney general in charge of the civil division of the Department of Justice before becoming judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Appointed to head the Supreme Court by President Nixon, and perceived as a conservative and an advocate of judicial restraint, Burger was less forceful than had been expected in limiting or reversing the liberal decisions of the court headed by his predecessor Earl Warren. He was a consistent advocate for administrative reform in the court system.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Burger Court: Counter-Revolution or Confirmation?
Bernard Schwartz.
Oxford University Press, 1998
Judges on Judging: Views from the Bench
David M. O'Brien.
Chatham House Publishers, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 The Doctrine of Judicial Review: Mr. Marshall, Mr. Jefferson, and Mr. Marbury" by Warren E. Burger and Chap. 12 "The Office of the Chief Justice: Warren E. Burger and the Administration of Justice"
The Decline and Fall of the Supreme Court: Living out the Nightmares of the Federalists
Christopher C. Faille.
Praeger Publishers, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "The Making of the Burger Court" and Chap. 7 "The Meaning of the Burger Court"
Decision: How the Supreme Court Decides Cases
Bernard Schwartz.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Burger Rebuffed"
Human Rights in the States: New Directions in Constitutional Policymaking
Stanley H. Friedelbaum.
Greenwood Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Reactions of State Courts to Pro-Prosecution Burger Court Decisions"
Justices and Presidents: A Political History of Appointments to the Supreme Court
Henry J. Abraham.
Oxford University Press, 1992 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "The Burger Court: From Nixon to Reagan, 1969-1986"
The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions
Leon Friedman; Fred L. Israel.
Chelsea House, vol.4, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Warren E. Burger" begins on p. 1465
Redefining Equality
Neal Devins; Davison M. Douglas.
Oxford University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "The Burger and Rehnquist Courts" begins on p. 221
Abortion and American Politics
Barbara Hinkson Craig; David M. O'Brien.
Chatham House, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Roe v. Wade, the Burger Court, and American Politics"
The Christian Burial Case: An Introduction to Criminal and Judicial Procedure
Thomas N. McInnis.
Praeger, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "The Burger Court and the Exclusionary Rule" begins on p. 172
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