Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Jesse H. Choper: The Law Clerks of Chief Justice Earl Warren: Jesse H. Choper

Interviewee(s):
Choper, Jesse H.
Interviewer(s):
McCreery, Laura
Title:
Jesse H. Choper: The Law Clerks of Chief Justice Earl Warren: Jesse H. Choper
Abstract:
This project records oral history interviews with those who clerked for the Chief Justice from the time he was appointed by President Eisenhower in 1953 until his retirement from the bench in 1969. Each former clerk's interview has a strong focus on the yearlong (or, rarely, two-year) term of the Supreme Court clerkship. Discussions also touch on the legacy of the Warren Court, a subject the former clerks are in a unique position to comment upon at some length. The topics explored in the interviews include: the transformative nature of the Warren period in constitutional law; leadership vs. scholarship and the nature of Warren's authority; the role of the associate justices and of the court as a whole; watershed cases, such as Brown v. Board of Education and Miranda v. Arizona; the role and visibility of law clerks; the legacy and the evolution of constitutional law since the Warren Court; how the experience influenced each former clerk's life and career trajectory.
Subject area(s):
Politics, Law, and Policy
Politics, Law, and Policy
Interview date(s):
2004
Project:
Law Clerks of Chief Justice Earl Warren
Oskicat record:
b23124556
Rights:
Choper, Jesse H. "Jesse H. Choper: The Law Clerks of Chief Justice Earl Warren: Jesse H. Choper." Interview by Laura McCreery in 2004. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2013.