An Evening with Justice Holmes

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Four justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court joined LSU law professor and SCLHS board secretary Paul R. Baier in a Boston production of his play “Father Chief Justice”:  Edward Douglass White and the Constitution, November 9, 2012, Social Law Library, John Adams Courthouse, featuring Act III, which takes place in Justice Holmes’s Washington, D.C., living room circa 1919. The cast, from left to right, featured Justice Francis Spina as Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Professor Baier in his signature role as Richard Henry Jesse, a close friend of E. D. White, Justice Ralph Gants as Chief Justice White, Justice Margot Botsford as Fanny Holmes, and Justice Robert Cordy as Holmes.  The Boston production followed on the heels of the Library of Congress’s showing and previous runs in the Louisiana Supreme Court chamber.  The Louisiana Bar Foundation is a sponsor of the play.

The Capital Area Community Partnership Grant to The Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society supported this Boston knockoff production of Professor Baier’s play.  Over 130 guests filled the Social Law Library’s auditorium.  Mr. Robert Brink, the Library’s Executive Director, welcomed the guests and specifically mentioned the support of the Louisiana Bar Foundation and The Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society.  The cast received a standing ovation.