Justice John Paul Stevens

Justice John Paul Stevens

John Paul Stevens

5.29.2012

John Paul Stevens

John Paul Stevens was born in Chicago, Illinois, April 20, 1920. He married Maryan Mulholland, and has four children - John Joseph (deceased), Kathryn, Elizabeth Jane, and Susan Roberta. He received an A.B. from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. He served in the United States Navy from 1942–1945, and was a law clerk to Justice Wiley Rutledge of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1947 Term. He was admitted to law practice in Illinois in 1949. He was Associate Counsel to the Subcommittee on the Study of Monopoly Power of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1951–1952, and a member of the Attorney General’s National Committee to Study Antitrust Law, 1953–1955. He was Second Vice President of the Chicago Bar Association in 1970. From 1970–1975, he served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. President Ford nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat December 19, 1975. Justice Stevens retired from the Supreme Court on June 29, 2010.

The honorable John Paul Stevens served as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1975 to his retirement in 2010. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 and was a law clerk to Justice Wiley Rutledge of the Supreme Court during the 1947 term. Nominated by President Gerald Ford, Stevens recently published a memoir about his time with the court titled "Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir." President Obama will award Stevens the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States, on May 29. Stevens' lecture was the keynote presentation of the conference, "Representing Hope: New Paradigms for Access," hosted by Arkansas Access to Justice and the UALR Bowen School of Law. He discusses the Citizens United decision and why he thinks the Court has second thoughts about the breadth of the decision