Inscribed by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger to U.S. District Court Judge and future FBI Director, William S. Sessions, The Pound Conference: Perspectives on Justice in the Future.
Octavo, 377pp. Blue leather, title and speakers’ names in gilt on cover, title stamped on spine. Light dust along top edge, some wear to front cover. When this copy was inscribed to Judge Sessions, he was serving as the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Western Texas. In 1987, he would be nominated by President Ronald Reagan to serve as Director of the FBI. Inscription reads: “For Hon. William S. Sessions, With appreciation for many contributions – and best wishes. Warren E. Burger. 6/20/80.” A fine association copy.
Judge Warren E. Burger (1907-1995) served as the 15th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He was nominated in 1969 by President Richard Nixon and served until his retirement in 1986. His nomination was due to the retirement of Chief Justice Earl Warren, which was announced during the final months of the Johnson administration. President Johnson nominated Associate Justice Abe Fortas to the position of Chief Justice, but the nomination was filibustered in the Senate. After 17 years on the Supreme Court, Burger retired in 1986 and was succeeded by William Rehnquist. He died in 1995.