Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Clerking During Roe v. Wade

From NBC News:

Five decades ago, Jim Ziglar witnessed the landmark Roe v. Wade decision take shape inside the Supreme Court chambers.

“It was so surreal,” he said. “Just incredible.” 

In 1972, Ziglar was a recent law school graduate who had landed a one-year clerkship for Justice Harry Blackmun, the eventual author of the landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

In interviews with NBC News, Ziglar, now 77, and four others who clerked for the high court during the 1971-72 and 1972-73 terms, when Roe was argued and decided, said they knew the case was significant but could not fathom just how historical and divisive it would become.

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