Retired Supreme Court Justice Gives Lecture At Georgia State University
Retired Associate Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court of the United States will deliver the 53rd Henry J. Miller Distinguished Lecture on the Georgia State University campus at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 in the Student Center House & State Senate salons.
“We are honored to have Justice Stevens giving the annual Miller Lecture,” said Steven J. Kaminshine, dean of the College of Law. “He has shaped history throughout his career. We look forward to hearing about his experiences serving on the nation’s highest court.”
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A moderate Republican, Stevens became known later in his career as the leader of the Court’s liberal wing. He was the leading dissenting voice in Bush vs. Gore, arguing the Court should have denied the stay in the Florida recount.
Stevens led the Court in opposition to President George W. Bush over the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay with the majority opinion in Hamdan vs. Runsfeld in 2006, in which he held that certain military commissions had been improperly constituted.
Stevens earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a juris doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942–45, and clerked for Associate Justice Wiley Rutledge during the Court’s 1947 term.
He began practicing law in 1949 and was associate counsel to the Subcommittee on the Study of Monopoly Power of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1951 to 1952. President Richard Nixon nominated him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, where he served from 1970 to 1975.
President Gerald Ford nominated him to the Supreme Court, and he took his seat in December 1975. Stevens retired in 2010 as the third longest serving justice in history.
The Henry J. Miller Distinguished Lecture Series is supported by the Charles Loridans Foundation Inc. and named for Henry J. Miller, a partner in the law firm of Alston & Bird for more than 50 years.