On April 9, 2010, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens informed the White House that he would step down as of the Court's summer recess. Justice Stevens, age 89, has served on the Supreme Court for 34 years. Read the retirement letter that Justice Stevens sent to President Obama.
Justice Stevens was nominated by President Gerald Ford and took his seat on December 19, 1975. Prior to his appointment to the Court, Justice Stevens served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1970-1975. 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.
Justice Stevens 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 practice law in Illinois in 1949. He is married to Maryan Mulholland and has four children - John Joseph (deceased), Kathryn, Elizabeth Jane, and Susan Roberta.
Many of Justice Steven's writings can be accessed below.
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Supreme Court cases in which Justice John Paul Stevens delivered the opinion of the Court
Supreme Court dissenting opinions written by Justice John Paul Stevens
Law review articles written by Justice John Paul Stevens