reynolds at LIBRA.LAW.UTK.EDU
Thu Sep 6 01:25:16 PDT 2001
I don't think so. I seem to recall that there was some idea under Reagan of
trying to appoint Thomas Sowell to the Court. I heard that they researched the
issue and concluded it was a nonstarter -- though perhaps as much for political
as legal reasons.
Certainly I don't think that the Constitution requires a Justice to be a
lawyer. But I can't imagine the Senate would allow it.
> I'd love to get assistance with two questions if possible. First, has
> there ever been a U.S. Supreme Court Justice who was not an
> attorney or who was not at least "licensed" at some point in
> their career to practice law? Second, can anyone recommend a book that
> provides historical backgrounds or helpful political contexts to most of
> the major cases one finds in Con. Law casebooks? I have some ideas but
> would appreciate the list's expertise. Replies off-list are welcome to
> avoid cluttering the list. Thanks.
> Mark Kende
> Associate Professor of Law
> University of Montana School of Law
> Missoula, Montana 59812
> 406-243-4317 (phone)
> 406-243-2576 (fax)
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