Interview with Robert Von Mehren, June 11, 1985

Project: Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project

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Law clerk for Supreme Court Justices, Robert von Mehren, begins by describing the expectations the Justices had for their clerks. Justice Reed's clerks reviewed petitions of certiorari and sometimes wrote first drafts of opinions. von Mehren explains Reed's view on the role of the Supreme Court, and compares Reed's personality to those of the other Justices. He recalls the other Justices' opinions of Reed and Reed's opinions of them. Then he provides a history of the law clerk position at the Supreme Court, explaining the clerks' one-year rotation system. The cases von Mehren discusses include Oyama v. California, Takahasi v. Fish and Game Commission, and McCollum v. Board of Education. He also mentions school prayer, Japanese internment camps, and the Southeastern Underwriters Insurance case.

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1985oh121_reed022

Interviewee Name

Robert Von Mehren

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1985-06-11

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Mehren, Robert Von Interview by William Cooper. 11 Jun. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Mehren, R.V. (1985, June 11). Interview by W. Cooper. Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Mehren, Robert Von, interview by William Cooper. June 11, 1985, Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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