Vanderbilt Law Review


John W. Hopkirk

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William 0. Douglas, while associated with the Securities and Exchange Commission during the mid-nineteen thirties, was responsible for a study of methods and procedures of corporate reorganization. By examining this area of Douglas' work, we can compare the position on corporate reorganization which the Justice developed as an administrative official for the New Deal with his later consideration of the same problems as a member of the Supreme Court of the United States. Through this comparison we can observe a number of basic attitudes which were manifested by Douglas both before and since he has joined the Court. Important among these are his philosophy of individual self-reliance and his thorough commitment to the functional approach in analyzing legal problems.