Interview with Bennett Boskey, March 18, 1981

Project: Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Bennett Boskey clerked for Justice Reed from 1940 to 1941. He describes the primary duties of Reed's clerks, which included writing briefs and reviewing and making recommendations on petitions of certiorari. Several in forma pauperis cases came before the court during Boskey's tenure, and the clerks prepared the memos for them as well. Boskey discusses Reed's writing style, political philosophy, and relationships with his clerks and Chief Justice Hughes. He cites the annual law clerks' dinner, hosted by Justice and Mrs. Reed, as an example of the kind of relationship Reed had with the clerks. The court cases mentioned in the interview include United States v. Appalachian Electric Power Co., Mitchell v. United States, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, and McNabb v. United States.

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1981oh034_reed002

Interviewee Name

Bennett Boskey

Interviewer Name

Edward Gilson

Interview Date

1981-03-18

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Boskey, Bennett Interview by Edward Gilson. 18 Mar. 1981. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Boskey, B. (1981, March 18). Interview by E. Gilson. Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Boskey, Bennett, interview by Edward Gilson. March 18, 1981, Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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