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  • Justice John Paul Stevens What up?
  • Background
    • Born in Chicago, Illinois April 20, 1920
    • 88 years old
    • Enlisted in the Navy during WWII (1942-1945)
    • Earned a bronze star in code-breaking
    • Senior Justice
  • Family
    • Youngest of four sons
    • Son of Earnest and Elizabeth Stevens
    • Father made a fortune in the insurance and hotel business
    • Chicago Hilton (Stevens Hotel)
    • Married Jane Sheeren in June 1942 but later divorced in 1979
    • Married Maryan Mulholland Simon in December 1979
    • Children: John Joseph, Kathryn Stevens Jedlicka, Elizabeth Jane, Susan Roberta
  • Appointed
    • Justice since 1975
    • Waited 6 years before appointed (after Sandra Day O’Connor)
    • Nominated by President Ford as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
    • Avoids political labels but tends to vote liberal
  • John Paul Stevens: Political View
    • Very liberal in decisions
    • Views self as conservative
    • Justices are becoming more and more conservative
    • Considers self a “judicial conservative”
  • John Paul Stevens: Political View…
    • Often has a dissenting opinion
    • One of the most outspoken on the court
    • Wrote 2 of the most important majority opinions
      •  Bush’s treatment of enemies in War on Terror
    • Professors recommended for a Supreme Court clerkship to Justice Wiley Rutledge
    • After went back to Chicago and joined a law firm: Poppenhusen, Johnston, Thompson & Raymond
    • Went back to W a s h i n g t o n to serve for Associate Counsel to the Subcommittee on the Study of Monopoly Power of the Judiciary Committee
  • EDUCATION 1. John Paul Stevens attended high school at the university's laboratory school 2. Continued college at the University of Chicago and joined Psi Upsilon(his father fraternity) Received an A.B in English Literature 3. Persuaded by his brother Richard to attened law school and was accepted and enrolled the Northwestern University school of Law Began masters in English but stopped due to his acceptance in the US Military Brilliant student with one of the highest GPA’s in the history of a law student
  • “ It is not our job to apply laws that have not yet been written” “ The government must pursue a course of complete neutrality toward religion ”
  • Bibliography
    • Author Unknown. “Supreme Court Collection.” Cornel University Law School. http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/justices/stevens.bio.html
    • Author Unknown. “John Paul Stevens.” Oyez. http://www.oyez.org/justices/john_paul_stevens/
    • Rosen, Jeffery. "The New York Times". The New York Times Company. May 4, 2008 http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/23/magazine/23stevens-t.html?pagewanted=1&sq=Supreme%20Court%20%20%20voting%20record%20%20%202007&st=nyt&scp=9