Justice John Paul Stevens 

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Interviewed by Carol F. Lee, Samuel Estreicher, and Troy McKenzie '00 

Watch Part 1 of the full video, Part 2, and Part 3 or read the transcript (PDF: 1.61 MB)

About the Interview

Justice John Paul Stevens was interviewed in three sessions in 2014—on September 26, October 10, and October 31— all in Washington, DC. The interviews were conducted by Carol F. Lee, Taconic Capital Advisors; Samuel Estreicher, Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law, NYU School of Law; and Troy McKenzie '00, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law.


Justice John Paul Stevens

John Paul Stevens (1920-2019), Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, was born in Chicago, Illinois, April 20, 1920. He received an AB from the University of Chicago, and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law. He served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1945, and was a law clerk to Justice Wiley Rutledge of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1947 term. He was admitted to law practice in Illinois in 1949. He was associate counsel to the Subcommittee on the Study of Monopoly Power of the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives from 1951 to 1952, and a member of the Attorney General’s National Committee to Study Antitrust Law, from 1953 to 1955. He was second vice president of the Chicago Bar Association in 1970. From 1970 to 1975, he served as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. President Ford nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat December 19, 1975. Justice Stevens retired from the Supreme Court on June 29, 2010. He passed away on July 16, 2019 at 99 years, survived by two of his four children, 9 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.

Video Excerpts

On whether statutes are floor or a ceiling


On stare decisis v. de novo

On what he considers his most important opinion

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