I am honored to be at this distinguished law school. Lee Irish and I were law clerks for Justice White the same year, at a time when a Justice only had two law clerks. Those were the days when the people older than us, who had been clerks when there was only one clerk in each office, would say, "You don't have the same experience, because the Justice is dealing with two of you so it is not as intense." Of course, now with as many as four clerks in each office, it is different still.
Lee and I had a fascinating year together. It was 1967 and 1968, when, for the first time in a long time, a certain degree of chaos came upon this city and the country. During that year, both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the Justice's close friends, were killed. There were soldiers in the streets. It was an amazing time.
Reflections on the Life and Work of Justice Byron R. White,
Cath. U. L. Rev.
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