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Justice David Souter:
Post-Retirement Coverage and Career Retrospectives

Photo: David Wolowitz

Hon. David H. Souter at his confirmation hearing.

Justice Souter speaking at an event honoring former State Supreme Court Justice William Batchelder in July 2009.
Life After Retirement

Souter Elected Vice Chair of Historical Society
New Hampshire Historical Society News, May 10, 2013

A case for yawn-free civics: Souter, O’Connor join Law School conversation
Harvard Gazette, April 2, 2013

Justice Souter speaks at debut of new NH forum
The Telegraph, September 15, 2012

Justice Souter’s Class
New York Times, June 3, 2010

Souter's Shot at the 'Originalists'
E.J. Dionne - Washington Post, June 3, 2010

New Miranda decision and Souter's speech
Harvard Political Review Online - June 1

Justice Souter: Judicial Views Change With Times
Boston Globe - May 28

Text of Justice Souter's Harvard Speech
(Remarks as delivered - May 27, 2010)

Justice Souter Still Judging - on the 1st Circuit Bench
Newsvine - May 27

Justice Souter to Speak at Harvard Commencement in May

Justice Souter Speaks at NH Bar Association's Midyear Meeting
Union Leader - February 13, 2010

Retired Justice Souter to Speak at NH Bar Event
NH Bar's Midyear Meeting took place on February 12, 2010

Harvard Law Interviews Justice Souter
Harvard Law Record - October 2, 2009

Civics Lessons Unfold
Concord Monitor - September 17, 2009

Souter Donates Papers to NH Historical Society; Sealed for 50 Years
The Blog of Legal Times - August 26, 2009

Souter Returns to the Granite State
Law.com - August 17, 2009

Souter Buys Home in Swanky Area, Says Farmhouse Won’t Hold All His Books
ABA Journal - August 4, 2009

Souter Urges ABA to Help Lead Efforts to Improve Civics Education
ABA Journal - August 1, 2009


Recent Speeches


Need is Great For Civics Education
September 14, 2012
Justice Souter spoke to a capacity crowd of 1,300 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord on Friday, September 14. He spoke about the importance of civic education and explained his views on how interpretations of the Constitution must change with the times.

Read about the civics education initiative which sponsored Souter's speech.


Make American Civic Education Real Again
August 1, 2009
A video of Justice Souter's speech at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting


Souter Remembers Justice Kenison: “He knew how to tend the store.”
September 16, 2005
Remarks of Associate Justice David Souter at the dedication of the portrait of Chief Justice Frank Rowe Kenison. Transcribed from a tape recording and is not an official text.


NH Bar News article on Souter's 1991 speech to Bar (4 mb PDF).


Career Retrospectives


“Classic Traits”: Souter/Sotomayor
Bar News - August 14, 2009

Supreme Court Justices' Letter to Justice Souter - June 29, 2009

Justice Souter's Reply to Colleagues - June 29, 2009

Quotations about and from Justice David H. Souter
NH Bar News - May 15, 2009

Souter's Legacy of Moderation
Concord Monitor - May 9, 2009

Justice Souter Bade Farewell to 3rd Circuit Judges, Lawyers

Legal Intelligencer - May 6, 2009

Odd Details of Souter’s Life Chronicled, Including Apple Appetite
ABA Journal - May 4, 2009

A Man of Tradition and Surprises
Los Angeles Times - May 4, 2009

Op-Classic: The Danger of David Souter
New York Times - May 3, 2009
An editorial from 1990 on the nomination of Justice Souter. 

David Souter: 'A Classic Yankee Republican'
ABC News - May 2, 2009
Justice Souter described by his clerks.

Souter Said to Be Leaving Court in June
NY Times - May 1, 2009
An early story with multimedia.

Souter Reportedly Planning to Retire From High Court
Washington Post - May 1, 2009
Another early story with a slideshow.

Souter Will Leave a City He Never Liked
CBS News -  May 1, 2009
News and commentary.

Souter Retiring?
Underneath Their Robes - May 1, 2009
An irreverent commentary from a federal judiciary blogger.

Justice Souter's Retirement and Where We Go from Here
SCOTUS Blog - May 1, 2009
A round-up of accomplishments and what comes next.

Souter Known as Low-Key, Fierce Defender of Individual Rights
CNN - May 1, 2009
The legacy of Justice David H. Souter.

Book Review of David Hackett Souter: Traditional Republican on the Rehnquist Court
A full-length biography by Tinsley Yarborough. Reviewed by Michael S. Lewis
NH Bar News - November 18, 2005

Justice Souter Emerges
NY Times Magazine - Sept. 25, 1994


New Hampshire Bar Journal Articles


JUSTICE SOUTER ON THE ROBERTS’ COURT: An Analysis of Souter’s Decisions in the 2007-08 Term
NH Bar Journal - Fall 2008
A review of Souter's work since Chief Justice Roberts took over leadership of the Court.

Mr. Justice Duncan by David Souter (5 mb PDF)
NH Bar Journal - July 1983

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