Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Gerald Ford in 1975, Justice John Paul Stevens served as associate justice until his retirement in June 2010. At the time of his retirement he was the oldest member of the Court and the third-longest serving in Court history. Generally regarded as a moderate, Stevens wrote a mordant dissenting opinion on the court's ruling to halt the recount of votes in Florida during the 2000 presidential election.
Christopher Eisgruber, who also serves as Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values, clerked for Justice Stevens. The author of several books on the Supreme Court and the Constitution, he is a graduate of Princeton University, Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar, and the University of Chicago Law School.