Thurgood Marshall and (and Versus) John W. Davis


In late 1963, West Publishing Company sent a form letter to federal judges, announcing the company’s annual distribution of snazzy appointment books – just a little courtesy to foster good relations between the law publisher and the producers of some of the most valuable publishable law. But it probably meant a bit more to one recipient, Judge Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He must have smiled – perhaps nostalgically, perhaps grimly, perhaps both – when he read it. Here’s why.