A Generous Judicial Parabolist: Curtis D. Wilbur

20 Green Bag 2d 381 (2017)

30 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2017

See all articles by Ross E. Davies

Ross E. Davies

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School; The Green Bag

Date Written: September 6, 2017


We – we lawyers, at least – should know Curtis Dwight Wilbur (1867-1954) better than many of us do. He was an able, upstanding, and innovative lawyer and public servant. (He was also an imperfect human being in an imperfect world, and so he had warts. For now, though, we’re going to accentuate the positive.) He enjoyed an enviable legal career that included long service as a practitioner, a prosecutor, a state-court judge, a federal-court judge, a Cabinet secretary, and a storytelling philanthropist. This little essay touches on all of those pursuits, but it focuses on the last.

Keywords: Annapolis, bears, California, Chief Justice, Coolidge, diversion, Harlan Fiske Stone, Hoover, Indiana, Justice, Juvenile, Los Angeles, Mackay Radio, Navy, Ninth Circuit, NLRA, NLRB, Secretary, Supreme Court

Suggested Citation

Davies, Ross E., A Generous Judicial Parabolist: Curtis D. Wilbur (September 6, 2017). 20 Green Bag 2d 381 (2017), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3033226

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