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John Paul Stevens

Recent Decisions by Justice Stevens

Biographical Data

Birth, Residence, and Family
Born April 20, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois, son of Ernest James and Elizabeth Street. Married Elizabeth Jane Sheeren June 1942; Married, Maryan Mulholland Simon, December 1979. Children: John Joseph, Kathryn Stevens Jedlicka, Elizabeth Jane and Susan Roberta.
Elementary and preparatory schools: University of Chicago Laboratory School. College: University of Chicago, A.B. degree, English Lit., 1941; Phi Beta Kappa; Psi Upsilon. Law School: Northwestern University Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1947; Co-editor Illinois Law Review; Order of the Coif; Phi Delta Phi.
Law Clerkship
Clerk to the Honorable Clerk to the Honorable Wiley Rutledge, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, October 1947-July 1948.
Law Practice
Admitted to Illinois Bar, 1949. Associate, Poppenhusen, Johnston, Thompson and Raymond, Chicago, Illinois, 1950-1952; Partner, Rothschild, Stevens, Barry and Myers, Chicago, Illinois, 1952-1970.
Law Teaching
Lecturer, Antitrust Law, Northwestern University School of Law 1950-1954; University of Chicago Law School, 1955-1958.
Judicial Offices
Nominated by President Nixon to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, succeeding Elmer J. Schnackenberg, confirmed by the United States Senate on October 14, 1970; and took oath of office on November 2, 1970.

Nominated by President Ford as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on December 1, 1975; confirmed by the United States Senate on December 17, 1975; and took oath of office on December 19, 1975.

Bar Association Memberships
Illinois Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association (2nd Vice President when appointed to Bench; served as Chairman of the Antitrust Law Committee, the Committee on Judicial Candidates and the Committee on the Judiciary; and also as a member of the Board of Managers); Federal Bar Association: American Law Institute. American Judicature Society.
Other Assignments
Associate Counsel, Subcommittee on The Study of Monopoly Power Committee on the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives, 1951-1952. Member of the Attorney General's National Committee to Study the Antitrust Laws, 1953-1955. Chief Counsel to the Special Commission appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to investigate integrity of the judgment of People v. Isaacs, 1969. Member of Faculty--Salzburg Seminar In American Studies, July 1978; Appellate Judges Seminar, New York University School of Law, July 1979.
Military Service
United States Navy, 1942-1945, Bronze Star.
Legal Writings
"Mr. Justice Rutledge" by John Paul Stevens, Chapter in book entitled "Mr. Justice" edited by Dunham and Kurland;

"Monopoly or Monopolization--A Reply to Professor Rostow " by Edward R. Johnston and John Paul Stevens, 44 Ill. L. Rev. 269;

"Defense of Meeting the Lower Price of a Competitor" by John Paul Stevens, 1953 Summer Institute on Federal Antitrust Laws, University of Michigan Law School;

"Tying Arrangements" by John Paul Stevens, Conference on the Antitrust Laws and the Attorney General's Committee Report, p. 135;

"The Regulation of Railroads" by John Paul Stevens, Vol. 19, p. 355, Proceedings of A.B.A. Section of Antitrust Law;

"Effect on Competition Under the Robinson Patman Act" by John Paul Stevens, Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, p. 31;

Contributor to "Antitrust Developments--1955-1968," a Supplement to Report of the Attorney General's National Committee to Study the Antitrust Laws;

"Cost Justification" by John Paul Stevens, Antitrust Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 3, p. 413 (1963);

"The Office of an Office" by John Paul Stevens, The Chicago Bar Record (May-June Issue 1974);

"Some Thoughts and Reflections on the Litigation Explosion and How it Has Affected the Court's Ability to Cope With the Problem" by John Paul Stevens, 65 Illinois Bar Journal 508 (1977);

"Some Thoughts About a General Rule" by John Paul Stevens, 21 Ariz. L. Rev. 599 (1980);

"Some Thoughts on Judicial Restraint" by John Paul Stevens, 66 Judicature 177 (1982);

The James Madison 1982 Lecture: "The Life Span of a Judge-Made Rule," 58 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1 (1983);

"Introductory Comment" by John Paul Stevens, 75 Northwestern Univ. L. Rev. 977 (Feb. 1981);

"Reflections on the Removal of Sitting Judges" by John Paul Stevens, XIII Stetson L. Rev. 215 (Winter 1984);

"Justice John Paul Stevens Speaks at Constitution Day Program" by John Paul Stevens, State of the Union, Union League Club of Chicago, Nov. 1984, p. 6;

"Judicial Restraint" by John Paul Stevens, 22 San Diego L. Rev. 437 (May/June 1985);

"Professor Edward H. Levi" by John Paul Stevens, 52 Univ. of Chicago L. Rev. 290 (Spring 1985);

"Legal Questions in Perspective" by John Paul Stevens, 13 Florida State Univ. L. Rev. 1 (Spring 1985);

"Addresses--Construing the Constitution" in part by John Paul Stevens, Original Address at Luncheon Meeting of the Federal Bar Association, 19 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1 (Fall 1985);

"The Third Branch of Liberty" by John Paul Stevens, Second Robert B. Cole Lecture, 41 Univ. of Miami L. Rev. 277, (Dec. 1986);

"Remarks on the U.S. Supreme Court--Its Work, Its Workload, and the Appropriate Scope of Its Work" by John Paul Stevens, Oct. 1985 address to the FBA's Chicago Chapter, Federal Bar News & Journal, Vol. 33, No. 3, March 1986, p. 109;

"Address of Justice John Paul Stevens" by John Paul Stevens, 9 Univ. of Hawaii 1 (Summer 1987);

"A Judge's Use of History" by John Paul Stevens, The First Thomas E. Fairchild Lecture, Sept. 9, 1988, An Occasional Paper from the Univ. of Wisconsin Law School

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