Interview SummaryGordon B. Davidson clerked for Justice Reed from 1954 to 1955. He begins his interview by describing Reed's personality and comparing it to those of the other Justices. Next, he explains the duties of Reed's clerks, which included writing briefs and reviewing and making recommendations on petitions of certiorari. Davidson also discusses the cases that came before the court during his clerkship. Specifically, he mentions Opper v. United States (which dealt with the uniform code of military justice); Tee-Hit-Ton Indians v. United States; Peters v. Hobby (which involved a professor who refused to take a loyalty oath); and Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Other topics mentioned include the Justices' relationships with Chief Justice Earl Warren; Reed's relationships with Justices Felix Frankfurter, Harold Burton, Hugo Black, and William Douglas; Reed's work during the New Deal; his political slant; and his views on the role of the Supreme Court.
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Davidson, Gordon B. Interview by Edward Gilson. 04 Mar. 1981. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Davidson, G.B. (1981, March 04). Interview by E. Gilson. Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Davidson, Gordon B., interview by Edward Gilson. March 04, 1981, Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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