Anyone fortunate enough to have met Judge Louis Oberdorfer will recall his warm and generous personality and his fascinating array of stories and reminiscences. Among the many highlights of his oral history are his observations about service in the Robert Kennedy Justice Department, as the only high-level Southerner, during the epic struggles over desegregation and voting rights. Judge Oberdorfer’s deep concern for those exposed to the criminal process also comes through in his comments about sentencing and punishment. His oral history was conducted by Georgetown Professor Susan Low Bloch, and is summarized by

Historical Society Board member Betsy Wanger, who had the privilege of serving as one of Judge Oberdorfer’s law clerks.