Interview SummaryWilliam Rogers clerked for Justice Reed from 1952 to 1953. He begins his interview by describing Chief Justice Fred Vinson's attitude toward the Supreme Court. Next, he compares Reed's personality to those of the other Justices ? specifically Sherman Minton, Felix Frankfurter, Harold Burton, William Douglas, and Thomas Clark. Rogers also talks about the relationship between Reed and his clerks, and mentions the annual dinners that Justice and Mrs. Reed held in the clerks' honor. He goes on to contrast the writing styles of Justice Reed and Justice William Douglas. The cases that Rogers refers to are the Rosenberg spy case, Brown v. Allen, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Peters v. Hobby. He ends the interview with a description of Reed's political philosophy.
Interview KeywordRobert L. Randall Broad Reading Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson Communists Conference Congressional Inquiry Death penalty Fred Rodell Gus Hand Jerry Frank Justice Reed Law firms Learned Hand Loyalty Programs New Deal Opinions Paul Porter Peters Case Plessy v. Ferguson President Harry S. Truman Princeton Univesity Washington, D.C. Yale Law School Washington (D.C.)--Social life and customs Emigration and immigration law--United States Communism Communists Rosenberg, Ethel, 1915-1953. Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953.
Interview LC SubjectJudges--United States Rogers, William D., 1927-2007 Rogers, William D., 1927-2007--Interviews United States--Politics and government United States. Supreme Court Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980 United States. Supreme Court--Cases Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953 Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965. United States. Court of Appeals (District of Columbia Circuit). Clark, Tom C. (Tom Campbell), 1899-1977. Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980. McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957
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Rogers, William D. Interview by Edward Gilson. 20 Mar. 1981. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Rogers, W.D. (1981, March 20). Interview by E. Gilson. Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Rogers, William D., interview by Edward Gilson. March 20, 1981, Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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