After a successful career as a law professor and government regulator, William O. Douglas was appointed to the Supreme Court by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. During his thirty-six years on the court, he became known as one of its most outspoken and controversial members. In this volume, which was originally published for the William O. Douglas Institute, distinguished scholars examine four major aspects of Justice Douglas's work: his relations with his colleagues; his views on civil liberties, which primarily led to his reputation as a liberal; his stance as an environmentalist; and his views as an internationalist.
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Stephen L. Wasby is University Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the author of numerous books, including Race RelationsLitigation in an Age of Complexity, and The Supreme Court in the Federal Judicial System.From Library Journal:
First presented at a conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of Douglas's appointment to the Supreme Court, these essays--most by law professors, some of whom clerked for him--present a detailed assessment of the late justice's character, beliefs, and judicial record. Even scholars familiar with Douglas's two-volume autobiography-- Go East, Young Man ( LJ 4/15/74) and The Court Years ( LJ 11/15/80)--and with the major biography, James F. Simon's Independent Journey: The Life of William O. Douglas ( LJ 10/1/80), will find new information and insights in these pages. For readers without a considerable knowledge of Douglas's career, however, the book will be heavy going. For larger collections.
- G. Alan Tarr, Rutgers Univ., Camden, N.J.
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Book Description University of Pittsburgh Press, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110822936445