Minnesota Lawyer

Tinsley E. Yarbrough

in Harry A. Blackmun

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195141238
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199851577 | DOI:
Minnesota Lawyer

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When Harry Blackmun returned home from Harvard, he attempted to look for potential places for work in various law offices, but to no avail. Robert Driscoll, who worked at one of Minneapolis's prominent law firms — Junell, Oakley, Driscoll, and Fletcher — where Harry would eventually be deemed a partner, initially said that they could not assure an available position for Harry as soon as he finished law school. However, things seemed to look up as Bergmann Richards of the Minnesota Harvard Club, whom Harry approached for work, sent a referral to John Benjamin Sanborn, who had recently been given a position at the U.S. Court of Appeals, since he needed a law clerk. While providing a brief background of Judge John Sanborn, this chapter illustrates how Harry had been able to work as a law clerk for Judge Sanborn, moved to the Dorsey firm, then took a huge turn and worked for the Mayo Clinic.

Keywords: Harvard; Robert Driscoll; Junell, Oakley, Driscoll, and Fletcher; Dorsey firm; law clerk; John Benjamin Sanborn; Mayo Clinic

Chapter.  14504 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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