Orrin Grimmell Judd briefs
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Mr. Judd once remarked that "Private practice of law is still the most rewarding and soul-satisfying of all professions," and indeed, the bulk of his papers is drawn from his years in private practice with Davies, Auerbach & Cornell (1931-1942, Volumes 1-3, 5-36) and with Goldstein, Judd & Gurfein (Volumes 56-86; 82 missing). These volumes consist almost exclusively of legal briefs and memoranda relating to Mr. Judd's private practice.
Volumes 37-55 contain Mr. Judd's work from his time as Solicitor General of New York (1943-1946).
As a practitioner, Mr. Judd was a staunch generalist in a time of increasing legal specialization. He once said, "The current emphasis on specialization should be attacked. The world needs generalists who can present ideas that are not limited to but one of the many symptoms of the disease that afflict our society." The briefs and memoranda in this collection range from wills and estates cases (Mr. Judd was the King's County, N.Y. Surrogate in 1964) to transportation and utilities, and from investments and securities to religious liberties.
President Lyndon Johnson appointed Mr. Judd to the federal bench in 1968. A conscientious and compassionate judge, Mr. Judd took to visiting jails and detention facilities. One such visit led him to order the cleanup of Staten Island's Willowbrook State School for the Mentally Retarded in 1973. That same year, in a more controversial ruling, the judge issued an injunction to halt the bombing of Cambodia; it was later overruled by the Court of Appeals.
The final eight volumes of the collection (87-94) contain judicial opinions published and speeches given by the judge during his tenure on the district court.
Born September 5, 1906 in Brooklyn, New York.
A.B., Colgate University, 1926.
LL.B., Harvard University, 1930. Editor, Harvard Law Review.
Law Clerk, Judge Learned Hand, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1930-1931.
In practice with Davies, Auerbach & Cornell, New York, 1931-1942.
Married Persis Mae Dolloff, 1936.
Solicitor General, State of New York, 1943-1946.
Partner, Goldstein, Judd & Gurfein, New York.
Trustee, Colgate University.
Alumni Award, Colgate University, 1962.
Honorary LL.D., Colgate University, 1963.
Surrogate, King's County, New York, 1964.
U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of New York, 1968-1976.
Executive Committee, Brotherhood-in-Action, Inc.
Advisory Council, New York State Commission of Human Relations.
Director, East New York Baptist Housing Corporation.
Died of a heart attack July 7, 1976 while attending a judicial seminar in Aspen, Colorado.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Judd, Orrin Grimmell. Briefs, 1928-1976: Finding Aid
- Harvard Law School LibraryCambridge, MA 02138
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