The Chambers

Tinsley E. Yarbrough

in Harry A. Blackmun

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

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Harry Blackmun was perceived as having a difficult time adjusting to his new position on the nation's highest tribunal, and to other major changes he was undergoing at that time, because of several instances wherein doubts arose regarding his capabilities and some thought he was not fit for his new position. His reactions to such doubts entailed certain degrees of both insecurity and humility. Concerns were raised about certain cases that were left hanging as Blackmun left the Eighth Circuit, but these were taken care of graciously by Blackmun's colleagues at the circuit court. This chapter discusses how, being a new member of the Court, Blackmun was required to acquire his own staff. This staff is to be comprised of eight associate justices with one secretary each, three law clerks, and a messenger. This chapter identifies those who were to compose this staff, such as Shirley J. Bartlett, Wanda Syverson Martinson, and Wanneth Smith, among others.

Keywords: circuit court; Eight Circuit; associate justice; staff

Chapter.  11456 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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