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John Paul Stevens: The Coin Flip That Changed His Life

Art Seder: “When we graduated in 1947, the Northwestern faculty had an understanding with Justice Wiley Rutledge of the Supreme Court that he would take one Northwestern student as a law clerk.”

But the faculty, Seder says, didn’t want to pick between him and Stevens.

Seder: “So they asked us to flip a coin to decide who would go down to Washington as law clerk.”

Nice piece from CPR on retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

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