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A Rehnquist Ode on the Vinson Court (Circa Summer 1953)


John Q. Barrett


St. John's University School of Law; Robert H. Jackson Center

2008

Green Bag 2d, Vol. 11, pp. 289-306, Spring 2008
St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-0134

Abstract:     
This article publishes for the first time a 55-year-old composition - a spoof of Gilbert and Sullivan lyrics - by the late William H. Rehnquist.

Rehnquist's ode, which dates back to his Supreme Court clerkship with Justice Robert H. Jackson during 1952 and 1953, demonstrates the young author's sense of humor. It also reflects his inside knowledge of the low regard that some of the 1950s Supreme Court justices had for some of their judicial brethren. Among other topics, the Rehnquist composition touches on the plethora of separate opinions that these Justices habitually produced, and on Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson's preoccupation with baseball.

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Keywords: William H. Rehnquist, Justice Robert H. Jackson, law clerks, Gilbert & Sullivan, Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson, the Vinson Court, Brown v. Allen, baseball

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Date posted: May 13, 2008  

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Barrett, John Q., A Rehnquist Ode on the Vinson Court (Circa Summer 1953) (2008). Green Bag 2d, Vol. 11, pp. 289-306, Spring 2008; St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-0134. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1132427

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