John Paul Stevens: US Supreme Court Justice

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Justice Stevens John Paul Stevens served as associate justice of the Supreme Court from 1975 until his retirement in 2010. Throughout his judicial career, Stevens exercised a liberal view in the courtroom and often displayed judicial restraint to the United States Congress. Justice Stevens was appointed by President Ford in 1975 because of his judicial experience and personal confidence. While serving as Associate Justice, Stevens provided opinions on many subjects including the death penalty and affirmative action. Before serving as Justice of the Supreme Court, Stevens founded his own law firm and gained an expertise in anti- trust laws. Due to his successful legal career, Stevens was able to gain recognition allowing him to be nominated as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment as associate justice of the Supreme Court, John Stevens upheld several different court positions and founded his own law firm. Stevens began his law career by serving as assistant clerk to Justice Wiley Rutledge of the Supreme court. Following his term as a clerk to Justice Rutledge, Stevens decided to seek a career in law by becoming a lawyer. After being admitted to the Illinois bar in 1949, Stevens decided to join the law firm Poppenhusen, Johnston, Thompson & Raymond as a lawyer. Stevens legal expertise was his work with antitrust laws, which consisted of him regulating business associations and advocating fair competition to ensure the welfare of consumers. In
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