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Justice Stevens And The Coin Toss That Influenced Judicial History

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WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories with Dr. Doug Boyd from the Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries, returns with audio from the Heyburn Initiative For Excellence in the Federal Judiciary.  Among the more than 40 interviews conducted by project director Anu Kasarabada, is a conversation with former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who died at the age of 99 earlier this month.  Stevens is one of only a few Supreme Court Justices who started their law careers by clerking for a Supreme Court Justice.  In this interview from 2017 Stevens reveals that a coin toss determined whether he would clerk for Justice Wiley Rutledge or Chief Justice Fred Vinson; both hailed from Kentucky.

The Heyburn Initiative is a national, non-partisan endeavor established in 2016 in honor of the late U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II, to study and document the role of the Third Branch in our democracy, with particular focus on Kentuckians' contributions.

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