Academic journal article Texas Law Review

In Memoriam: A Tribute to Charles Alan Wright

Academic journal article Texas Law Review

In Memoriam: A Tribute to Charles Alan Wright

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I am happy to see that the University of Texas School of Law is dedicating this issue of its Law Review to Charles Alan Wright. Professor Wright is justly renowned as one of the most influential legal scholars and teachers of our lifetime.

Of course Charles Alan Wright is most closely associated with the universally accepted authority on federal practice-Federal Practice and Procedure. Now over fifty volumes, Federal Practice and Procedure is relied upon every day by federal judges and practitioners across the country. In a paper presented at a symposium honoring Professor Wright on the occasion of his retirement, Justice Ginsburg gave Professor Wright a compliment of the highest order-that if she could keep no more than ten books on her "see everyday" stand in her Chambers, another of Professor Wright's treatises-Wright on Federal Courts-would be one of them. I believe that one of the reasons these treatises, like so many other of his publications, are widely relied upon is Professor Wright's ability to explain even complex legal issues in concise, clear prose.

I met Professor Wright in the Fall of 1969, when I came to Washington to work at the Department of Justice. As Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, my first assignment was to work on the ill-fated nomination of Judge ClementF.Haynsworth to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. In his statement in support of Judge Haynsworth's nomination, Professor Wright explained that he had read every published opinion in which Judge Haynsworth had participated as a Judge on the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit-covering some twelve years and 167 volumes of the Federal Reporter. …

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