F. Aley Allan; interviewee. Terry L. Birdwhistell; interviewer.
F. Aley Allan begins by describing the duties of Justice Reed's law clerks: reviewing and commenting on appeals and petitions of certiorari. Next, he talks about the relationship between the justices and their clerks, focusing on Justice Reed and Justice Frank Murphy. He also comments on Reed's relationships with Justice Felix Frankfurter, Chief Justice Fred Vinson, Tommy “The Cork” Corcoran, and Ben Cohen. Allan goes on to discuss Reed's work with the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and the Gold Clause cases. He explains Reed's stances on Native American rights, non-intervention, and civil liberties – specifically the case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Other topics he mentions include the annual law clerk dinners, Reed's support of big government, and Reed's writing style.
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries