John Paul Stevens

John Paul Stevens, 1920–, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1975–2010). After receiving his law degree from Northwestern Univ. (1947), he clerked with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Wiley Rutledge (1947–48). After many years of private practice in Chicago, he was named to the federal Court of Appeals in 1970. In 1975, President Ford named him to the U.S. Supreme Court. As a justice, he initially was allied with neither the liberal nor the conservative wings of the court, maintaining a moderate and independent voting record. The replacement of liberal justices by more conservative appointees, however, made Stevens one of the more liberal members of the court by the 1990s.

See biography by B. Barnhart and G. Schlickman (2010).

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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 "John Paul Stevens"
The Freedom of Speech
Stevens, John Paul.
The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 102, No. 6, April 1993
Judges on Judging: Views from the Bench
David M. O'Brien.
Chatham House Publishers, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Deciding What to Decide: The Docket and the Rule of Four" by John Paul Stevens Justice, Supreme Court of the United States"
Preemption of Common Law Claims and the Prospects for FIFRA: Justice Stevens Puts the Genie Back in the Bottle
Hendricks, Jennifer S.
Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, Vol. 15, No. 1, Fall 2004
Contemporary Questions Surrounding the Constitutional Amending Process
John R. Vile.
Praeger Publishers, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of John Paul Stevens begins on p. 28
Gerald R. Ford and the Politics of Post-Watergate America
Alexej Ugrinsky; Bernard J. Firestone.
Greenwood Press, vol.1, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "The Politics of Professionalism: President Gerald R. Ford's Appointment of Justice John Paul Stevens" begins on p. 111
How Much Protection Do Injunctions against Enforcement of Allegedly Unconstitutional Statutes Provide?
Amar, Vikram David.
Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 3, March 2004
Pornography and the Justices: The Supreme Court and the Intractable Obscenity Problem
Richard F. Hixson.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VIII "Content Restriction"
Reno V. ACLU: The First Amendment, Electronic Media, and the Internet Indecency Issue
Craig, J. Robert.
Communications and the Law, Vol. 20, No. 2, June 1998
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