Reception, Presentation, & Book Signing "Edward Terry Sanford: A Tennessean on the US Supreme Court" By Stephanie L. Slater

@ East Tennessee History Center
East Tennessee History Center Bilo Nelson Auditorium
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to Friday, August 24, 2018 - 2:45pm

Edward Terry Sanford was born in Knoxville and is one of only six Tennesseans to have served on the United States Supreme Court (1923-1930) and the only one who obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee.

Stephanie L. Slater's important work covers Sanford's early upbringing, the lasting impression a largely pro-Union East Tennessee would leave upon him, his rise from a skilled lawyer to federal judge during the rapid industrialization of Knoxville and the region, and his eventual appointment to the US Supreme Court.

Within Sanford's legacy is his pivotal role in writing the majority opinion in the landmark 1925 case, Gitlow v. New York, a decision which became a critical legal precedent for the expansion of civil rights and civil liberties in the 1950s and 1960s.

About the Author: Stephanie L. Slater, a three-time graduate of the University of Tennessee, has worked in the state and federal court systems in Tennessee since obtaining her J.D. in 1990.

She traces her interest in Justice Sanford to her days as a law clerk in the US Courthouse in downtown Knoxville, where the large portrait of Sanford excited her curiosity to learn more about him.

A light reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by the presentation and book signing. Presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society at the the East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.

Please RSVP to or (865) 215-8825.