CBA Record Sept-Oct 2019
Remembering John Paul Stevens: His CBA Roots Ran Deep BY TERRENCE M. MURPHY
I mentioned that Justice Stevens was an “active” member of the Association and in fact, his record of CBA service was quite extraordinary. Dan Cotter’s tribute covers Justice Stevens’ distinguished record of CBA service, including his role as Chief Counsel to the Special Commission to investigate allegations of misconduct by two Illinois Supreme Court Justices. On several occa- sions Justice Stevens publicly mentioned his involvement as Counsel to the Special Commission. In 1975, he described the investigation as “one of the principal, impor- tant professional achievements of my life.” In a 1992 speech before the ABA the Justice said, “All I can say is had I not participated in that matter, I’m sure I would not be occupying the position I occupy today.” In 2015, WTTW presented a documentary about the 1969 Illinois judicial scandal titled: “Unexpected Justice:The Rise of John Paul Stevens.” As Justice Stevens wrote in his dissent in Bush v. Gore , echoing the lessons learned in that long-ago Chicago summer, “It is confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the rule of law.” Justice Stevens was a universal donor to America’s justice system and The Chicago Bar Association. Our nation and our asso- ciation are better because of him!
of America’s most esteemed and respected Supreme Court Justices. How proud and honored The Chicago Bar Association is to present its highest award each year in his memory, to lawyers and judges whose careers emulate Justice Stevens’s commit- ment to public service. The Association is grateful to his former clerks who suggested that the Association establish an annual award in Justice Stevens’ honor.
Justice John Paul Stevens was an active member ofThe Chicago Bar Association for his entire professional career.The tributes in this issue of the CBA Record were written by Justice Stevens’ dear friend of 50 years, Judge William J. Bauer; Illinois Appellate Court Justice Michael B. Hyman; James Wascher; Dan Cotter; and Michelle Odor- izzi, who had the honor of serving as one of Justice Stevens’ law clerks. These articles spotlight the distinguished legal career, extraordinary intellect, civility, and kindness of this cheerful man who is in the pantheon
Terrence M. Murphy is Executive Director of The Chicago Bar Association.
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