Rehnquist Supreme Court

Rehnquist, William Hubbs

William Hubbs Rehnquist (rĕn´kwĬst), 1924–2005, American public official, 16th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1986–2005), b. Milwaukee, Wis., as William Donald Rehnquist. After receiving his law degree from Stanford Univ. in 1952, he served (1952–53) as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson. The following year he went to Phoenix, where he practiced law and became involved in conservative Republican politics. He was (1968–71) an assistant U.S. attorney general, heading the office of legal counsel in the Dept. of Justice before being named (1971) an associate justice of the Supreme Court by President Nixon. Generally regarded as one of the more conservative members of the late 20th cent. Supreme Court, Rehnquist became known as an advocate of law and order, writing several opinions reversing the liberal trend of the Earl Warren court in criminal cases. He was named chief justice in 1986 by President Reagan, succeeding Warren Burger. The Rehnquist court was generally conservative, but the conservatism of the chief justice and the more ideological Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas was tempered beginning in the late 1990s by the emergence of a judicially restrained bloc of justices including Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

See biography by J. A. Jenkins (2012).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2016, The Columbia University Press.

Rehnquist Supreme Court: Selected full-text books and articles

Morality Imposed: The Rehnquist Court and Liberty in America By Stephen E. Gottlieb New York University Press, 2000
The Rehnquist Court and the Constitution By Tinsley E. Yarbrough Oxford University Press, 2000
The Myth of Conservative Supreme Court: The October 2000 Term By Graglia, Lino Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 26, No. 1, Winter 2003
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Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the Rehnquist Court: Theories of Statutory Interpretation By Spiro, Rebecca L American Criminal Law Review, Vol. 37, No. 1, Winter 2000
Abortion and American Politics By Barbara Hinkson Craig; David M. O'Brien Chatham House, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The Tide Turns: The Rehnquist Court and Webster v. Reproductive Health Services" and Chap. 10 "Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, the Rehnquist Court, and American Politics"
The American Political Process By Alan Grant Routledge, 2003 (7th edition)
Librarian’s tip: "The Rehnquist Court since 1986" begins on p. 150
The Decline and Fall of the Supreme Court: Living out the Nightmares of the Federalists By Christopher C. Faille Praeger Publishers, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "The Making of the Rehnquist Court" and Chap. 12 "The Meaning of the Rehnquist Court"
Justices and Presidents: A Political History of Appointments to the Supreme Court By Henry J. Abraham Oxford University Press, 1992 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "The Rehnquist Court: Reagan and Bush 1986"
The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions By Leon Friedman; Fred L. Israel Chelsea House, vol.5, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of the justices on the Rehnquist Supreme Court
Justice O'Connor's Dilemma: The Baseline Question By Sherry, Suzanna William and Mary Law Review, Vol. 39, No. 3, February 1998
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