The Man Behind the Robe: Justice Sanford - Articles

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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Dec 19, 2018

There is a buzz around the state about Edward Terry Sanford, a Tennessean who served on the U.S. Supreme Court. Everybody seemed to love him, and we have him in our December issue! From Knoxville, Sanford is credited with many things, including starting the trend for judges to wear robes -- extra credit should be given because it was the 1930s and therefore sweltering summers in the courthouse were a way of life. Stephanie L. Slater has written in detail about Sanford, in this article and in her new book (to be reviewed in our next issue), painting a picture of an even-keeled jurist who served the profession well. He was also a TBA president early on, which gives him an extra measure of zip in our book.