Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Albert B. Maris, August 17, 1976

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Meeting Vinson / Court of Appeals

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Partial Transcript: --following is an unrehearsed interview with United States Circuit Judge Albert B. Maris for the Fred M. Vinson Oral History Project of the University of Kentucky Library.

Segment Synopsis: Maris recalls when he first met Fred Vinson. Maris then talks of the dynamics between Vinson and himself during their work in the Court of Appeals (with Maris in the Third Circuit, and Vinson serving the District of Columbia Circuit). Their working relationship during World War II on the Emergency Court of Appeals is also considered.

Keywords: Appointments; Assignments; Congress; Emergency Court of Appeals; Fred M. Vinson; Harlan F. Stone; Harold Stephens; Henry Edgerton; Justin Miller; Lawrence Groner; Philadelphia (Pa.); Qualifications; Temple University; United States Courts of Appeals; Washington (D.C.); Wiley Rutledge; World War II

Subjects: Economics; Judges; Justices; Legislation; Life; Work; World War; World War, 1939-1945

00:06:20 - Emergency Court of Appeals

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Partial Transcript: Uh, did you and Judge Vinson agree on the establishment of most of the procedures of the court?

Segment Synopsis: Maris talks of his time serving on the Emergency Court of Appeals during World War II, which Vinson served on as well. The working relationship between the two judges is then explored. Additionally, the challenges of balancing the caseload in both this court and in each judge's own circuit on the Court of Appeals is considered.

Keywords: Congress; Council; Court; Court cases; Emergency Court of Appeals; Fred M. Vinson; Judgment; Philadelphia (Pa.); Resolution; Rules; Sessions; Statutory construction; Statutory jurisdiction; Washington (D.C.)

Subjects: Clerk; Correspondence; Dissenting opinions; Judges; Justices; Leadership; Logistics; Reverse; Time; Travel; World War II

00:15:03 - Vinson after leaving the Court

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Partial Transcript: Of course then Vinson left that court and became Economic Stabilizer.

Segment Synopsis: Maris describes his professional contact with Vinson following the latter's appointment as Chief Justice by President Truman. Maris also discusses Vinson's role as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from an administrative perspective. An assessment of Vinson's work as chairman of the Judicial Conference of the United States is then provided.

Keywords: Appointments; Chief justice; Committee on the Revision of the Laws; Emergency Court of Appeals; Fred M. Vinson; Harry S. Truman; Henry Edgerton; Judicial Conference of the United States; Office of Economic Stabilization; Railroad workers; Reports; Sam Harold; United States Courts of Appeals

Subjects: Administration; Committees; Economic stabilization; Judges; Labor disputes; Tax courts

00:21:19 - Vinson as Chief Justice

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Partial Transcript: Of course on the administrative side of the Chief justice appointment too was the fact that at the time...

Segment Synopsis: Maris evaluates Vinson's work on the Supreme Court as Chief Justice, as well as his legacy in that regard.

Keywords: Adequate; Benjamin N. Cardozo; Cases; Chief Justice; Civil liberties; Contributions; Fred M. Vinson; Oliver W. Holmes; Qualifications; Relationships; Supreme Court; Tensions; Unity

Subjects: Administration; Brown v. Board of Education; Civil rights; Dynamics; Harmony; History; Judges; Justices; Legacy; Performance; Personality; Successful

00:29:03 - Personal relationship with Vinson

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Partial Transcript: As I say, my, my basis for making judgement...

Segment Synopsis: Maris explains that his personal knowledge of Vinson was not very substantial, and that they knew each other mostly on a professional basis while the two were working on the Emergency Court of Appeals.

Keywords: Chief Justice; Colleagues; Contacts; Emergency Court of Appeals; Fred M. Vinson; Relationships; Supreme Court; Washington (D.C.)

Subjects: Age; Judges; Life; Memory; Newspapers; Travel