Blackmun Tapes and Papers Lead Scholars to Debate His Legacy
In the second report on Blackmun's oral history tapes, the
justice talks about key decisions during his tenure and some
of his colleagues in the court's chambers.
law professors discuss the importance of the Blackmun files
and what they reveal about the Supreme Court.
I: Justice Blackmun reflects on the decision process
that led to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 abortion decision.
Justice Harry Blackmun
Blackmun, who served on the Supreme Court for 24 years, was a soft-spoken jurist
who played a critical role in some of the modern court's most hotly debated cases.
& A: Professor Harold Koh
Harold Koh, recently appointed
dean of the Yale Law School, conducted more than 30 hours of oral history with
Blackmun. In this Q & A, Koh discusses the process of compiling the history
and provides insights on the justice himself.
Interview: Professor Harold Koh
Read the full transcript of Ray
Suarez' interview with Yale law professor Harold Koh as he describes working with
Blackmun and reflects on the justice's impact on American law.
Key Opinions and Dissents
Justice Blackmun was involved in many influential and interesting legal debates
during his time on the high court. In this snapshot, read about some of his most
significant and oft-quoted high court opinions and dissents.
Transcript: 'Closed Chambers'
Gergen talks with Edward Lazarus, a former clerk to Blackmun who wrote a controversial
book about divisions within the high court, in this 1998 NewsHour interview.