The latest issue of Harvard Law School’s alumni magazine has an article I wrote about Justice Brennan’s rocky relationship with his alma mater early in his tenure on the Supreme Court.
Accompanying the article is one of my favorite little finds Steve discovered amongst Justice Brennan’s papers which we had to relegate to a footnote in the book.
In 1966, Harvard Law School sent a survey to alumni asking them to answer a series of questions about their career. Brennan kept a copy of his responses in his files.
For the question, “Are you satisfied with your present work?” Brennan checked “very satisfied” – the highest rating. When asked what satisfied him in his work, Brennan marked off “subject matter,” “intellectual stimulation,” “independence,” “people with whom I work,” “variety of work,” “organization for which I work,” and “importance of problems.” He did not check “high prestige of profession,” “helping people,” “high income” – or, least surprisingly, “opportunity for advancement.”