The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process

By Christopher L. Eisgruber | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Preface

American judges commonly hire recent law school graduates to work for a year or two as “clerks” who assist the judge with research and opinion writing. From 1988 to 1990, I was fortunate to clerk for two exceptional judges, Patrick E. Higginbotham and John Paul Stevens. Though both had been appointed by Republican presidents, their reputations in 1988 were very different. Higginbotham, whose chambers were in Dallas, Texas, was among the leading conservatives on the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal. He was widely reported to have been on the Reagan administration's short list of potential Supreme Court appointees. Stevens, who had been named to the Court by Gerald R. Ford, was regarded as a moderate, independent-minded liberal. Nowadays, he is often described as the Court's most liberal member.

Despite the real differences between the two judges, what impressed me most was what they had in common. Higginbotham and Stevens shared a deep respect for the craft and institutions of the law. Neither of them thought that law could be reduced to the mechanical application of rules; on the contrary, they acknowledged, in

-ix-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 238

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?