Preeta On Justice Stevens (in 1995)

Posted by Rahul Brown on Jul 18, 2019
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To wield tremendous power evenhandedly with kindness and humility is a mark of a strong connection to oceanic truth. We're used to finding this rarest combination of traits among saints and social change leaders like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr, yet this week, the country lost a man who embodied them in a secular way from an exalted office. Justice John Paul Stevens was ahead of his time on many key issues and questions that faced the nation, and will be looked back upon by future generations as consistently and courageously on the right side of history. Appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald Ford and initially considered to be a solid conservative Republican, his judicial legacy is often regarded as leading the liberal wing of the court for 35 years. Its a characterization that he'd dispute, and those who knew him well would strongly attest that the guiding principles beneath his sharp legal mind were unwavering decency, implicit equality, and a high regard for human dignity.

Twenty five years ago, close to the 20th anniversary of his time on the bench, one such person who knew him well, Preeta Bansal, spoke beautifully about this remarkable man. Check out Preeta's share and reflections from clerking with him during her time just out of law school.

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  • Richard Whittaker wrote ...

    Thank you, Rahul.

  • Preeta Bansal wrote ...

    LOL. I totally forgot about this - I can't believe you dug this up Rahul (a CNN appearance from 1995!).

  • Trishna wrote ...

    Love this! And so interesting to see Preeta focusing on his kindness as what struck her! Sounds like it would have been such an incredible experience working with him.