The Northwestern University Law Review is proud to announce the publication of its special issue honoring Justice John Paul Stevens JD '47, in recognition of Northwestern Law’s esteemed alumnus and his many contributions to the American justice system and the school.
The special issue celebrates the former Supreme Court justice’s career with a series of articles arising out of the Law Review’s 2011 symposium, “The Legacy of Justice Stevens,” held in Justice Stevens’s honor. Panel discussions explored his stances on executive power and religion, and examined his trajectory on the Court and methods of interpretation. The Law Review issue also features Justice Stevens’s commencement address that he delivered during his two-day visit to the Law School in May 2011— a visit which also included a moderated question and answer session with Justice Stevens.
Justice Stevens, who was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in May, remains an avid supporter of Northwestern Law. In 2012, he donated his Supreme Court chair to the Law School where it will be on display on the second floor of the Rubloff Building. Justice Stevens sat in this chair during much of his tenure on the Supreme Court of the United States.
The third-longest serving justice in the Supreme Court’s history, Justice Stevens graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern Law in 1947 and served as co-Editor-in-Chief of the Northwestern University Law Review. Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Gerald Ford, he took his seat on the Court on December 19, 1975, and served for 35 years until his retirement in June 2010.