Interview with Edwin M. Zimmerman, March 19, 1981

Project: Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project

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Edwin Zimmerman, who clerked for Justice Reed from 1950 to 1951, begins his interview by describing the duties required of Reed's law clerks. Like the other clerks, he wrote briefs and reviewed and made notes on petitions of certiorari. Zimmerman shares his opinions of Chief Justice Fred Vinson and Justice William Douglas, and tells some anecdotes about the relationship between Justice Reed and Justice Felix Frankfurter. Next, he mentions several court cases: McGrath v. Kristensen, Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee v. McGrath (which centered on whether or not a communist could hold a government job), the Alger Hiss case (which involved a former associate of Reed's), and Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Zimmerman concludes with a discussion of Reed's rice diet, Reed's political philosophy, the annual law clerk dinners, and Mrs. Reed.

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1981oh037_reed005

Interviewee Name

Edwin M. Zimmerman

Interviewer Name

Edward Gilson

Interview Date

1981-03-19

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Zimmerman, Edwin M. Interview by Edward Gilson. 19 Mar. 1981. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Zimmerman, E.M. (1981, March 19). Interview by E. Gilson. Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Zimmerman, Edwin M., interview by Edward Gilson. March 19, 1981, Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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