The U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice credited with inspiring a
"judicial revolution" that began with "Brown vs. Board of
Education" will be the focus of a conference Oct. 10-13 at The
University of Tulsa College of Law in Tula.
The conference, "The Warren Court: A 25-Year Retrospective,"
will assess the judicial influence of the Supreme Court between
1953 and 1969, when Earl Warren served as Chief Justice.
The Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., is providing
funding for 20 federal judges to attend the conference, which
commemorates the 25th anniversary of Chief Justice Warren's
retirement in 1969 from the Supreme Court.
More than 25 conference speakers will present a review of the
Warren Court era, a 16-year period that inspired what the late
Justice Abe Fortas once called "the most profound and pervasive
revolution ever achieved by substantially peaceful means."
The conference was organized by Bernard Schwartz, the TU
College of Law's Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law, and an
internationally recognized scholar of Supreme Court history and
"It is time for a major legal conference examining the Warren
Court's place in American history," said Schwartz. "Despite the
importance of the Warren Court, and the controversy that once
surrounded it, no one has looked at what those years meant to
Schwartz, whose most recent book, "A History of the Supreme
Court," was published in 1993 by Oxford University Press, is the
author of more than 40 books including "Super Chief: Earl Warren
and His Supreme Court."
"In 16 years, the Warren Court rewrote our interpretation of
the Constitution by extending our definitions of civil rights,
equal protection, and freedom of speech," said Schwartz. "If the
Warren Court had not acted, issues such as racial segregation in
the schools would have festered indefinitely. Without `Brown,'
American society certainly would not have developed as it did."
Conference speakers will include David Garrow, author of
"Bearing the Cross" and "Liberty and Sexuality;" David
Halberstam, author of "The Fifties;" Anthony Lewis, columnist for
The New York Times; Julius Chambers, former director-counsel for
the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Legal Defense Fund; Nadine Strossen, president of the American
Civil Liberties Union; Yale Kamisar, Clarence Darrow
Distinguished Professor at the University of Michigan Law School;
and Richard Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Professor at
the University of Chicago Law School.
Also featured will be Richard Arnold, chief judge of the
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and one of three finalists for a
U.S. Supreme Court nomination; Kenneth W. Starr, former U.S.
Court of Appeals Judge for the District of Columbia; Richard
Neely, author and former chief justice of the West Virginia
Supreme Court; Alex Kozinski, judge for the Ninth Circuit Court
of Appeals; George Bushnell Jr., president of the American Bar
Association; Floyd Abrams, an internationally known attorney with
Cahill Gordon and Reindel; Mohammed Bello, chief justice of the
Supreme Court of Nigeria; and Lord Woolf of Great Britain's House
of Lords. …