Thurgood Marshall and (and Versus) John W. Davis

6 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2018 Last revised: 31 Aug 2018

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Ross E. Davies

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

Date Written: August 1, 2018


In late 1963, West Publishing Company sent a form letter to federal judges, announcing the company’s annual distribution of snazzy appointment books – just a little courtesy to foster good relations between the law publisher and the producers of some of the most valuable publishable law. But it probably meant a bit more to one recipient, Judge Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He must have smiled – perhaps nostalgically, perhaps grimly, perhaps both – when he read it. Here’s why.

Keywords: John W. Davis, Howard University, Supreme Court, University of Maryland, Briggs v. Elliott, W.E.B. DuBois, Shagaloff

Suggested Citation

Davies, Ross E., Thurgood Marshall and (and Versus) John W. Davis (August 1, 2018). 8 Journal of Law 1 (2018), George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 18-25, Available at SSRN:

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