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John Paul Stevens (born April 20, 1920) is currently the most senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the Court in 1975 and is the oldest and longest-serving incumbent member of the Court. He was appointed to the court by Republican President Gerald Ford. Although Stevens is widely considered to be on the liberal side of the court, Ford praised Stevens in 2005: "He is serving his nation well, with dignity, intellect and without partisan political concerns." He is also the only current Justice to have served under three Chief Justices (Burger, Rehnquist, and Roberts).



Stevens was born on April 20, 1920, in Chicago, Illinois, to a wealthy family. His paternal grandfather had formed an insurance company and held real estate in Chicago, while his great-uncle owned the Chas. A. Stevens department store. His father, Ernest James Stevens, was a lawyer who later became a hotelier, owning two hotels, the La Salle and the Stevens Hotel. He lost ownership of the hotels during the Great Depression and was convicted of embezzlement (the conviction was later overturned). (The Stevens Hotel was subsequently bought by Hilton Hotels and is today the Chicago Hilton and Towers.) His mother, Elizabeth Maude Street Stevens, a native of Michigan City, Indiana, was a high school English teacher. Two of his three older brothers also became lawyers.




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On the eve of his retirement in 2010, Justice John Paul Stevens trenchantly observed that, with the exception of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and potentially Sonia Sotomayor, each of the eleven justices who joined the court since 1975, including himself, was more conservative than the justice he or she replaced.
But our Second Amendment, written for a time of one-shot muskets, does not translate well in today's advanced-technology world. This issue is complex, and discussed in the book “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution” by retired Supreme Court Judge John Paul Stevens.

Read Justice Antonin Scalia's opinion in the Heller case and Justice John Paul Stevens' dissent and it's clear that both sides search for context at the time of the Bill of Rights ratification because of how vacuous and out of date the Second Amendment has become. No clause of the Bill of Rights should be ...
I believe that the Second Amendment of our Constitution is being misinterpreted. It was clearly written to maintain "a well-regulated militia" to defend the individual states against the federal government, with a standing army, from interfering with their rights as the British had in recent memory. It was never ...
In dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens noted that the founders conditioned the Second Amendment on militia service only. It was a 5-4 decision. Truth and sanity are but one vote away. We'll get there, it's just a matter of time. Gun control is just one part of the solution. We must also invest in a government ...
John Paul Stevens served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court from 1975 to 2010. In his book Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, he writes that five words should be added to the Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a ...

“The State's enforcement of the use tax against Quill places an unconstitutional burden on interstate commerce,” said Justice John Paul Stevens. The Court then said that the “underlying issue here is one that Congress may be better qualified to resolve, and one that it has the ultimate power to resolve.”.
After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting murders in 2012, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote a book, "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution." One proposal was to add a clause to the Second Amendment, so it would now read: "A well regulated ...
The dissenters—Justices John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, and David Souter—thought the 100-foot area was too broad and that such a large buffer zone was unnecessary given the legitimacy of “heightened regulation of the polling place” itself. Stevens added that “there is no disagreement that ...
John Paul Stevens reports that “for over 200 years following the adoption of that amendment federal judges uniformly understood that the right protected by the text is limited two ways: first, it applies only to keeping and bearing arms for military purposes, and second, while it limited the power of the federal ...
Heller, Justice John Paul Stevens noted that the Second Amendment itself did not exist to give unfettered rights to gun owners at the expense of communal interests to be safe from guns via sensible regulation. Rather its purpose was to balance these rights, allowing for such regulations “so long as they do ...
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices say they do not act politically when they decide cases. But they freely admit to taking account of politics in deciding when to retire. Most justices, for instance, try to step down under politically like-minded presidents. “That's not 100 percent true,” Chief Justice William ...
—Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the Court, Clinton v. Jones, May 27, 1997. The above presumption—that allowing Paula Jones' lawsuit against President Bill Clinton would not unduly occupy his time—ultimately was proven to be ... ah ... less than prescient. More relevant to our current ...
Then-Justice, John Paul Stevens, thought enough of DC residents, and the case, that he wrote a dissenting opinion. We will never know what Ginsberg did. Unlike Stevens, she refused to let us know where she stood. Our second-class citizenship, our “outsider” status, would not get a hearing. To this day, I ...
In writing for the majority, Justice John Paul Stevens said, “Clearly, there is no basis for exempting economic development from our traditionally broad understanding of public purpose.” The court got it wrong. But Stevens also wrote, “We emphasize that nothing in our opinion precludes any State from ...
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens also emphasized this when he proposed that the last sentence of the Second Amendment should read, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed.” We need to forget about the Second Amendment if we are to ...
Joined by the court's liberal wing, former Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in a dissent in Rapanos that the federal government would have jurisdiction over any waters if either the Kennedy or the Scalia test were satisfied. A number of the lower courts have considered the Stevens dissent in their efforts to ...

That same year, Tom received the Chicago Bar Association's prestigious Justice John Paul Stevens Award -- from Justice Stevens himself. Corboy & Demetrio is one of the nation's premier law firms. Next week, it will be honored as one of the top 25 law firms in the country by The Trial Lawyer magazine.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens writing in dissent of a Second Amendment case recognized, "When each word in the text is given full effect, the Amendment is most naturally read to secure to the people a right to use and possess arms in conjunction with service in a well-regulated militia.
In this Sept. 20, 2017, photo, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reacts to applause as she is introduced at the Georgetown University Law Center campus in Washington. The 84-year-old Ginsburg is packing her schedule and sending signals she intends to keep her seat on the bench for ...
Scalia wrote that the streets and sidewalks around a polling booth lose their public-forum character on Election Day, temporarily making them a “nonpublic forum,” where the government can impose any limits on speech so long as they are both reasonable and viewpoint-neutral. Justice John Paul Stevens ...
Today is the eighth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, in which a 5-to-4 majority struck down portions of a bipartisan campaign finance law, the McCain-Feingold Act. The court ruled that corporations have constitutional rights to free speech in the form of election ...
Loyola University Chicago School of Law has established a new chair in competition law.Spencer Weber Waller, director of the law school's Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, will serve as the inaugural Justice John Paul Stevens Chair in Competition Law beginning April 19.Loyola's law school ...
As recounted by Justice John Paul Stevens, the EPA concluded that regulating greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide exceeded the EPA's statutory mandate to regulate “emission of any air pollutant” from motor vehicles. Specifically, the Bush administration contended that because “Congress did not ...
Those six justices included the court's four liberal members, with an opinion authored by liberal Justice John Paul Stevens. Justice Clarence Thomas, whom many on the left have spent decades mocking, including one liberal writer smearing him as a “house negro,” wrote a striking dissent. “If Congress can ...
Sam Erman, an associate professor of law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, who clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens and then Kennedy, said it's not uncommon for the justices to hire their law clerks for future terms this far in advance. Erman also noted that retired justices are ...
In 2010, when Justice John Paul Stevens retired, Ginsburg became the most senior liberal justice and a robust voice for the left. Her 2013 dissent in a case invalidating a major portion of the Voting Rights Act, Shelby County v. Holder, inspired the Notorious RBG meme. Shana Knizhnik, then a New York ...
In 2010, when Justice John Paul Stevens retired, Ginsburg became the most senior liberal justice and a robust voice for the left. Her 2013 dissent in a case invalidating a major portion of the Voting Rights Act, Shelby County v. Holder, inspired the Notorious RBG meme. Shana Knizhnik, then a New York ...
You can see the accuracy of their observation in this first table, where two justices who had assigning power for years — Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, head of the conservative wing during his time as chief, and Justice John Paul Stevens, longtime leader of the liberals — share top billing with Justice ...
Retired Justice John Paul Stevens was a clerk that term for Justice Wiley Rutledge. Three years ago, when I first wrote about the controversy over a party that year for The National Law Journal, Justice Stevens told me that if memory served him, he thought the controversy's source was religion. He thought it ...
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens criticized President Trump's tweets and remarks about court rulings on the travel ban. In an interview with Law 360 released on Monday, Stevens, 97, said that Trump's response to legal setbacks were “improper” and showed a lack of understanding of ...
James McCollum Jr., a Howard graduate, clerked for now-retired Justice John Paul Stevens in 1984 and 1985. Since 2005, Breyer, Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Anthony Kennedy have hired 10 percent or fewer of their clerks from law schools outside the U.S. News & World Report Top 10. The late Justice ...
She will stay as long as she can go "full steam," she says, and she sees as her model John Paul Stevens, who stepped down as a justice in 2010 at age 90. No doubt Ginsburg is adamant that President Donald Trump not get the opportunity to appoint her successor. She made no secret as far back as the ...
It was Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens — certainly no conservative — who, in 2008, authored the opinion that affirmed Indiana's voter identification law. Stevens cited “flagrant examples” of electoral fraud throughout American history. Certainly today there are many liberals who share his ...
“It's engaged and informed people that keep democracies alive,” Watts said. The co-authors both worked as law clerks for Supreme Court justices -- Manheim for Justice Anthony Kennedy and Watts for Justice John Paul Stevens. They say they could update the book as laws change and more questions ...
Many who plan to vote for Republican Roy Moore on Tuesday are making their decision based on a cost-benefit analysis. The cost: electing a senator who will bring embarrassment to the state and who will be woefully ineffective at working with other senators. Overriding the cost is the benefit: electing a ...
Justice John Paul Stevens, prescient in dissent, warned that the 5-4 ruling “threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the nation.” “A democracy,” Stevens said, “cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.” Man, did he nail it.
But the Supreme Court in Clinton v. Jones went out of its way to reserve — rather than decide — whether the same rule would apply to suits against the president in state court. As Justice John Paul Stevens explained, “[b]ecause the Supremacy Clause makes federal law 'the supreme Law of the Land,' any ...
Justice John Paul Stevens was nominated by Gerald Ford in 1975. A 2007 Times magazine profile of Stevens called him “The Dissenter” and mentioned the word “liberal” 44 times. Justice David Souter was nominated by George H.W. Bush in 1990; Bush's chief of staff said that he would “be a home run for ...
... shocked when somebody walks in their houses and gives them all these gifts," said Jada Rodgers, a John Paul Stevens High School junior.
In his acclaimed dissent, John Paul Stevens proposed an elegant fix. Reword the amendment thus: A well-regulated militia being necessary to ...
In a 1995 Supreme Court case, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that "judges are far more likely than juries to impose the death penalty," citing ...
And I was excited to appear before my former boss, Justice John Paul Stevens, who was still on the court at that time. Then, about two weeks ...
There are no crossovers, no William Brennan or Harry Blackmun or John Paul Stevens, Republican-appointed justices who ended their careers ...
In a Washington Post opinion piece, “The five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment,” by Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens ...
There was no discussion in Justice John Paul Stevens's majority opinion of whether the proclamation, which denied entry to Haitians, “lack[ed] ...
... Harvard law school dean as the first female solicitor general in 2009. He nominated her to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens in 2010.
We are working closely with the San Antonio Police Department, Northside Independent School District and John Paul Stevens High School on ...
... Harvard law school dean as the first female solicitor general in 2009. He nominated her to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens in 2010.
From his book, “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution,” retired Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, the third ...


 

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