ELIZABETH SARAH (“SALLY”) GERE, ESQ.
Oral History Project
The Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit

Oral History Project United States Courts
The Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit
District of Columbia Circuit
ELIZABETH SARAH (“SALLY”) GERE, ESQ.
Interviews conducted by Barbara Kagan, Esquire
December 9, 2019
February 13, 2020
January 10, 2022
June 15, 2020
July 1, 2020
August 11, 2020
September 16, 2020

Oral History of Elizabeth Sarah Gere
Table of Contents
Preface. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. i
Oral History Agreements
Sally Gere, Esquire ………………………………………………………………………………………. iii
Barbara Kagan, Esquire ……………………………………………………………………………….. vi
Oral History Transcripts of Interviews
December 9, 2019 ………………………………………………………………………………………….1
February 13, 2020 ………………………………………………………………………………………..43
January 10, 2022 ………………………………………………………………………………………….89
June 15, 2020 …………………………………………………………………………………………….127
July 1, 2020 ……………………………………………………………………………………………….156
August 11, 2020 …………………………………………………………………………………………180
September 16, 2020 ……………………………………………………………………………………222
Index …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. A-1
Table of Cases and Statutes …………………………………………………………………………………B-1
Biographical Sketches
Sally Gere, Esquire …………………………………………………………………………………..C-1
Barbara Kagan, Esquire ………………………………………………………………………….. D-1
NOTE
The following pages record interviews conducted on the dates indicated. The interviews were recorded digitally or on cassette tape, and the interviewee and the interviewer have been afforded an opportunity to review and edit the transcript.
The contents hereof and all literary rights pertaining hereto are governed by, and are subject to, the Oral History Agreements included herewith.
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All rights reserved.
PREFACE
The goal of the Oral History Project of the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit is to preserve the recollections of the judges of the Courts of the District of Columbia Circuit and lawyers, court staff, and others who played important roles in the history of the Circuit. The Project began in 1991. Oral history interviews are conducted by volunteer attorneys who are trained by the Society. Before donating the oral history to the Society, both the subject of the history and the interviewer have had an opportunity to review and edit the transcripts.
Indexed transcripts of the oral histories and related documents are available in the Judges’ Library in the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse, 333 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, and the library of the Historical Society of the District of Columbia
With the permission of the person being interviewed, oral histories are also available on the Internet through the Society’s Web site, www.dcchs.org. Audio recordings of most interviews, as well as electronic versions of the transcripts, are in the custody of the Society.
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