Friday, December 07, 2012

Papers of Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell

Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr. (September 19, 1907 - August 25, 1998) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from January 7, 1972 until his resignation on June 26, 1987, being nominated by President Richard Nixon on the same day as William Rehnquist and taking over the seat vacated by Hugo Black, the fifth longest-serving justice in Supreme Court history.

Wikipedia's entry relates he "compiled a decidedly moderate record on the Court, cultivating a reputation as a swing vote with a penchant for compromise, and working hard at familiarizing himself with the issues and arguments in the cases, coming up with distinct and well-reasoned positions on them."

Now, twenty years after they first became available to the public, the papers of the late justice are still yielding interesting nuggets, and, a National Law Journal article (subscription) reveals, you don't have to go to Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia to view them.... They're now being online at the school's website.

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