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HOLLIS 601663

Dooling, John Francis. Papers, 1960-1980: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601663
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Dooling, John Francis, 1908-1981
Title: John Francis Dooling papers
Date(s): 1960-1980
Quantity: 40 boxes
Language of materials: English
Abstract: These materials constitute the working papers of a sitting federal judge. Judge Dooling's special expertise was in patent cases. His Court (Eastern District of New York) also included a large proportion of immigration and exclusion of aliens cases, and cases growing out of integration in the New York school system.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The papers of John F. Dooling, Jr. (1908-1981) were presented to the Harvard Law School Library as a gift by his widow, Dorothea B. Dooling, on February 4, 1981.

Processing Information:

Prepared by Judith W. Mellins and Erika S. Chadbourn, 15 June 1985.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

Historical/Biographical Information

b. June 13, 1908, Brooklyn, New York.
s. John Francis and Anna Clothilde (Conlan) Dooling.
A.B. cum laude, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, 1929.
LL.B. magna cum laude, St. Johns University.
LL.B., Harvard University, 1934.
m. Marie Dorothea Elizabeth Bernard, April 24, 1937; children: Julienne (Mrs. Eugene B. Nann), Deborah (Mrs. Paul G. Fitzgerald), Peter, Ann, Marie.
Admitted to New York State bar, 1934.
Attorney with Sullivan & Cromwell, New York City, 1934-1961.
U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of New York, 1961-1981; appointed by President John F. Kennedy.
Trustee, Vassar College, 1965-1969.
Member, American Law Institute.
Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York; chairman of its committee on state legislation, 1951-1953; on committee on courts' superior jurisdiction, 1957-1960.
d. January 12, 1981.
"Seider v. Roth After Shaffer v. Heitner," XLV Brooklyn Law Review 505-518 (1979).

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Scope and Contents

The papers of John F. Dooling, Jr. (1908-1981), span the years of 1961 to 1980, the period when he sat on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Papers include drafts; notes; judicial instructions; judicial documents; memoranda; orders; typed and printed opinions; clippings. The four major series in these papers are: (1) Bench Notes; (2) Jury Instructions; (3) Memoranda, Orders, etc.,and (4) Bound Opinions.There is a small series of Miscellany,which includes one folder of correspondence and manuscripts of unpublished, incidental writings. Some of the categories of the cases that Judge Dooling heard were: Criminal; tax; Selective Service (deferment); reduction of sentence, bail; illegal search and seizure; defrauding the United States; kickbacks; forced confessions; detention without access to counsel; Social Security Administration misuse of benefits; Habeas Corpus; patent; violations of Securities and Exchange Act of 1934; railroad injuries; diversity jurisdiction; admiralty; naturalization; integration of New York schools; exclusion of aliens; budgetary limits. Judge Dooling excelled in patent cases, and was strong on civil liberties. Three hundred of his opinions were published. His wide scope of reading and interests are reflected in his writing style.

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Additional Index Terms

Conduct of court proceedings.
United States - Trials, litigation, etc.
Dooling, John Francis, 1908-1981.