Professor Huntington Recalls Chief Justice William Rehnquist

September 7, 2005

Professor Clare Huntington recalls the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist as a man who "administered the court with terrific efficiency." Huntington clerked for U.S. Supreme Court justices Harry A. Blackmun and Stephen Breyer from 1998 to 1999. She said no clerk could spend time working with the court without getting to know Rehnquist. "Like most of the justices, he made a point of having lunch with the clerks from each of the other chambers," said Huntington. "I fondly remember lunch with him, he had a delightful sense of humor and a keen interest in people." He also presided over the "social side" of the court, said Huntington, organizing an annual Christmas party in which he led clerks and staff in singing traditional carols. "Although I disagreed with many of his judicial opinions, I admired him greatly as a man and liked him as a person," said Huntington. Huntington, who joined the law school last year, teaches family law and immigration and citizenship law and is coordinator for the law school's Juvenile and Family Law Program. She can be reached by calling (303) 735-5994 or (303) 444-3325. Or call Dirk Martin in the CU-Boulder Office of News Services at (303) 492-3112.