Interview with Joseph Barbash, May 15, 1981

Project: Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Joseph Barbash, one of Justice Reed's former law clerks, worked alongside fellow clerk Bayless Manning. In this interview, he discusses the duties of Reed's clerks, which included reviewing and commenting on petitions of certiorari. Next, he describes Reed's card catalog, a system the justice designed to keep track of his questions and observations about cases. Barbash also mentions the changes that occurred in the Supreme Court during his clerkship: Sherman Minton and Thomas Clark joined the Court as a result of the death of Frank Murphy and the retirement of Wiley Rutledge. Barbash recalls working on the following cases: Sweatt v. Painter, McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents, the Restricted Carpenters cases, and Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. He comments on Reed's views regarding segregation and the Fifth Amendment, and goes on to mention Edward Prichard, Fred Vinson, and Harold Burton. He ends the interview by discussing the annual dinners held for the law clerks.

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1981oh061_reed012

Interviewee Name

Joseph Barbash

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1981-05-15

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Barbash, Joseph Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 15 May. 1981. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Barbash, J. (1981, May 15). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Barbash, Joseph, interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. May 15, 1981, Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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