Alexander Mordecai Bickel papers
Scope and Contents
- Majority of material found within 1930 - 1975
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
47.13 Linear Feet (109 boxes)
Language of Materials
Biographical / Historical
- born in Bucharest, Rumania, to Shlomo and Yetta Bickel.
- immigrated with family to New York City, where his father became a journalist in the Yiddish-language press.
- served in the U.S Army.
- received the B.S. in Social Science from the City College of New York.
- received the LL.B. from Harvard Law School,
- served as law clerk to Chief Judge Calvert Magruder, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit.
- employed in the Office of the U.S. High Commissioner in Germany.
- belonged to the U.S. Observer Delegation to the European Defense Community Conference in Paris.
- served as law clerk to Associate Justice Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court.
- employed as special assistant to Director Robert R. Bowie, Policy Planning Staff, U.S. State Department.
- employed as research associate, Harvard Law School.
- appointed associate professor, Yale Law School.
- chosen by the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise to write "Responsible Government and the Judiciary, 1910-1930," a segment of its projected Supreme Court history.
- published The Unpublished Opinions of Mr. Justice Brandeis.
- lived in Washington, D.C., during most of sabbatical year.
- married Josephine Ann (Joanne) Napolino.
- appointed professor, Yale Law School.
- first child born, Francesca Ann.
- second child born, Claudia Rose.
- published The Least Dangerous Branch: The Supreme Court at the Bar of Politics.
- published Politics and the Warren Court.
- appointed Chancellor Kent Professor of Law and Legal History in Yale Law School and Yale University.
- taught in summer session, Stanford Law School.
- appointed consultant to the Subcommittee on the Separation of Powers, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
- served on the Democratic Party's Commission on the Democratic Selection of Presidential Nominees (Hughes Commission).
- published The New Age of Political Reform: The Electoral College, the Convention, and the Party System.
- appointed consultant to the Democratic Party's Commission on Party Structure and Delegate Selection (McGovern Commission).
- delivered Holmes Lectures at Harvard Law School.
- collaborated with U.S. Representative Richardson Preyer on legislation related to school desegregation.
- published The Supreme Court and the Idea of Progress
- appointed William C. DeVane Professor, Yale University, for a three-year term (1971-1974).
- held a fellowship in the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavorial Sciences, Palo Alto, California,
- published Reform and Continuity: The Electoral College, the Convention, and the Party System, a revision of The New Age of Political Reform.
- argued for the defense in New York Times Co. v. United States (the Pentagon papers case).
- participated in the Study Group of the Federal Judicial Center on the Caseload of the Supreme Court.
- published The Caseload of the Supreme Court: And What, If Anything, to Do About It.
- 1973 Dec
- underwent surgery.
- 1974 Feb
- returned to professional activity.
- 1974 Jul
- appointed Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School.
- 1974 Jul
- suffered relapse.
- 1974 Oct
- completed manuscript of The Morality of Consent.
- 1974 Nov
- Abrams, Floyd
- Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971
- American Bar Association
- Bard, Robert L.
- Berns, Walter, 1919-2015
- Bickel, Alexander M.
- Bork, Robert H., 1927-2012
- Brown, Ernest J. (Ernest Joseph), 1906-2001
- Chayes, Abram Joseph, 1922-
- Cowan, Arthur W. A.
- Deutsch, Jan Ginter
- Ellsberg, Daniel, 1931-
- Elman, Philip
- Freund, Paul A. (Paul Abraham), 1908-1992
- Friendly, Henry Jacob, 1903-
- Garment, Leonard, 1924-2013
- Gunther, Gerald, 1927-2002
- Harnik, Hans
- Hughes, Graham, 1928-
- Jewish Community Center (New Haven, Conn.)
- Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
- Kluger, Richard, 1934-
- Kristol, Irving
- Kurland, Philip B.
- Law -- Political aspects
- Lemann, Stephen B.
- Levin, Betsy
- Lewis, Anthony, 1927-2013
- Magruder, Calvert, 1893-1968
- Mishkin, Paul J.
- Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003
- Packer, Herbert Leslie, 1925-1972
- Political conventions
- Pollak, Louis H.
- Polsby, Nelson W., 1934-
- Rostow, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1913-2002
- Sacks, Albert M. (Albert Martin), 1920-1991
- Segregation in education -- Law and legislation -- United States
- Stevens, Robert Bocking, 1933-
- United States -- Foreign relations
- United States -- Politics and government
- United States. Supreme Court
- Weiner, Frederick Bernays, 1906-
- Yale Law School
- Yale University -- Faculty
- Guide to the Alexander Mordecai Bickel Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by Susan Grigg and Akiba J. Covitz
- May 1999
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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