Two judicial portraits were recently presented to the U.S. District Court and now appear in the Society's on-line portrait
exhibit. Take a look: Judge Ricardo Urbina's portrait was painted by Bo
Bartlett; Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle's portrait was painted by Bradley Stevens.
Helen Wright recalls J. Skelly Wright and his life as a district Judge
in New Orleans and then on the D.C. Circuit. Read more of his oral history.
The Historical Society has entered a contract with award-winning author Tonya Bolden to write a biography of former Chief Judge William B. Bryant targeted toward young adults.
Born in Wetumka, Alabama, in 1911, and raised in segregated Washington, D.C., Judge Bryant faced the barriers and challenges erected to keep African-Americans from pursuing higher education. Undaunted, Judge Bryant applied to law school, ignoring warnings from family and the community about the dearth of jobs available to black attorneys as well as the inability of likely clientele to pay legal fees.
Judge Bryant worked his way through Howard University School of Law to become one of the District's top criminal lawyers before President Johnson named him to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia where he served for 40 years. He is an excellent model for today's youth.
Following a broad-reaching search for a well-qualified author, the Society selected Tonya Bolden to bring Judge Bryant to life for high school students. Ms. Bolden has authored 30 books for children and young people, including her most recent book, How to Build a Museum, the story of the creation of the "magnificent and monumental" National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
Read Bruce Terris's oral history as he talks about his experiences with Solicitor General
Archibald Cox and working with Attorney General Robert Kennedy on his only Supreme Court argument.
Read Judge Oliver Gasch's oral history and learn about Antonin Scalia's pioneering use of the personal computer to write the Gramm-Rudman opinion
Take a look at the Society's latest newsletter and read about our upcoming reception for current and former law clerks, our new oral histories, the Society's two historians, and more.
Did you know that Richard Wiley of Wiley Rein LLP was an Emmy winner, FCC chair, and "father of HDTV?" Learn about all this in his oral history and discover his role in the telecom revolution.
Read the oral history of Judge Louis Oberdorfer and learn about his father's friendship with Justice Black, what it was like to be
Assistant Attorney General for Bobby Kennedy, and thoughts on being the 25th attorney to join Wilmer Cutler.
Harry McPherson was a prototypical Washington lawyer. Born in Tyler, Texas and educated at Southern Methodist University, the University of the South, and the University of Texas Law School, he landed his first job in Washington in 1956 with, not surprisingly, Texas Senator Lyndon Johnson. Needless to say, that opened doors to a very successful career in government and private practice. It was a rich and impressive career that comes alive in this short article by John Vanderstar, the man who led McPherson through fourteen interviews for an oral history he gave the Society.