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Supreme Court justices to preside over reargument of historic case about presidential power in times of crisis

Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and university President Emeritus Gerhard Casper will preside as two Law School alumni reargue the historic "Steel Seizure Case" at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The event, titled "Presidential Power in Times of Crisis: The Steel Seizure Case Revisited," will take place in Memorial Auditorium on campus. The free event, cosponsored by the Alumni Association and the Graduate School of Business, is open to the university community. Journalists are requested to contact Linly Harris at (650) 723-2232 or

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided "Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer." Better known as "The Steel Seizure Case," this landmark decision held that President Harry Truman had exceeded his constitutional authority when he directed federal authorities to seize the nation's steel mills lest labor unrest threaten steel production during the Korean conflict. The court was sharply divided, and the debate over the scope of presidential power during national emergencies remains vibrant today.

The event will be recorded for broadcast on PBS through the Stanford-KTEH production partnership. Consequently, flash photography and additional film crews will not be permitted.


Hon. William H. Rehnquist '52 (AB '48, AM '48), Chief Justice of the United States

Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor '52 (AB '50), Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

Gerhard Casper, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, and President Emeritus, Stanford University


Charles E. Koob '69, Chair of Litigation, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Karen L. Stevenson '98, Associate, Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman.



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