Judge, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nominated by Dwight D. Eisenhower on February 25, 1957; Confirmed by the Senate on March 26, 1957, and received commission on March 28, 1957. Served as chief judge, 1971 – 1974. Assumed senior status on 10/31/1977. Service terminated on 8/14/1992, due to death.
Georgetown University Law School, LL.B., 1926
Peter Stevens trained in art under Sir Walter Russell at the Royal Academy Schools of London. He pursued a career in art and theater before joining the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II at which time he painted a portrait of President Roosevelt.
His career as a portraitist began in earnest following the war when he painted portraits which are today in private collections around the country and in public collections at the New York Court of Appeals and at Yale and New York Universities, among others. His judicial portraits include those of Judge Patricia Wald, completed shortly before his death in 2002, Justice William Brennan, and Judges Harold Leventhal, Abner Mikva, and J. Skelly Wright.
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1926-1930
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, 1930-1934
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1934-1957
General counsel, House Select Committee to Investigate the Federal Communications Commission, 1944
Papers, 1932-1986. 49.2 linear ft. (38,000 items); finding aid; restricted; correspondence, memoranda, drafts of articles and
books, speeches, notes, research material, calendars, case files, bench books, financial and legal material,
family papers, printed material, and other papers relating chiefly to Sirica’s career.
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Gerhard Alden Gesell papers, 1956-1993; 67.2 linear ft.; finding aid; restricted; correspondence.
Harold Leventhal papers, 1932-1980; 94 linear ft. (80,000 items); finding aid; restricted; correspondence.
Radcliffe College Schlesinger Library on the History of Women, Cambridge, Mass
Catherine East papers, 1941-1996; 28.5 linear ft.; finding aid; correspondence.