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Friday, February 21, 2014

George Anastaplo, RIP

I am late to the table in commenting on the death of George Anastaplo last week, but one of my colleagues insisted I could not claim to love the First Amendment and not post something about it here. Anastaplo had a storied academic career as a con law and political science scholar. But Anastaplo he lived it first, litigating his own First Amendment challenge to his denial of admission to the Illinois Bar. He lost 5-4, although Justice Black wrote a dissent (for himself, Chief Justice Warren and Justices Douglas and Brennan) defending the First Amendment and the role of lawyers in times of political conflict. On Black's instruction, the dissent was read at his funeral.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on February 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM in First Amendment, Howard Wasserman | Permalink


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The dissent would be appropriate at his funeral or memorial service as well though one or the other might not have occurred yet.

Posted by: Joe | Feb 23, 2014 1:37:02 AM

Joe, I had the same question.

Posted by: andy | Feb 22, 2014 2:34:57 PM

Here is a very touching remembrance by my colleague, and Prof Anastaplo's former student, Maureen Duffy:

Posted by: Ian Holloway | Feb 22, 2014 1:52:15 PM

No, Black's

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Feb 22, 2014 1:50:46 PM

was the dissent read at Prof. Anastaplo's funeral?

Posted by: Joe | Feb 22, 2014 12:55:33 PM

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