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Record: Legal Oral History Project: Bruce Terris, March 2, 2001.


Legal Oral History Project: Bruce Terris, March 2, 2001.

Video Call Number: Location:
1442 Biddle Law Library

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University of Pennsylvania Law School

Year: Running Time: Format:
2001 VHS


Bruce J. Terris, founder of his law firm, has been practicing law for over 45 years. Following his graduation from Harvard Law School in 1957, Mr. Terris joined the Department of Justice where he served in the Solicitor Generals Office. During his career in the Solicitor Generals Office, Mr. Terris argued 16 Supreme Court cases on behalf of the government, including Wesberry v. Sanders (the Congressional redistricting case), Schneider v. Rusk and Kennedy v. Mendoza-Martinez (the constitutionality of two federal statutes relating to the expatriation of citizens). He wrote or extensively reviewed approximately 70 Supreme Court briefs, including Abel v. United States (a Soviet espionage case), Baker v. Carr and the related 1964 reapportionment cases. Mr. Terris also had the honor of preparing Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy for his only appearance in the Supreme Court.


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