Delayed Justice in New York State

The task still ahead of us is one of interpretation of the data assembled and of devising remedies for the abuses uncovered. The research work was so specialized that the Bench or Bar generally could not join in it, but the task from now on is your task as much as ours and as soon as our report is made available for study, we invite the help and suggestions of all men.

Address on the University of the Air

Confronted with the decision of the Supreme Court, which took processing taxes away from the Government, and by the enactment of the soldiers' bonus law, President Roosevelt has invited the Congress to consider a "form of tax which would accomplish an important tax reform, remove two major inequalities in our tax system, and stop 'leaks' in present surtaxes".  The proposed changes are in the taxes on corporations.

Address at the Jackson Day Dinner

I feel really needed here tonight- to defend the memory of Andrew Jackson as a man of the people. With these $50 and $100 dinners he is in danger of getting the name of being our most expensive Democrat. It shows what a marvelous politician he was when his name can be used to raise campaign funds a century after he lost all power to appoint anybody to anything.

Problem of the Administrative Process

There has been one disappointment in connection with my coming here. I had hoped that I would be able to bring with me and deliver the commission to Ryan Duffy as judge of the district court of the United States. (Applause) It would have been a great pleasure had the senate moved fast enough so that that could have been done. Those are minor disappointments, for I know the commission will arrive by mail in due time, and that while I will be denied the satisfaction of being present when he takes the oath, many of the rest of you will have that pleasure.

Essential Differences Between the Republican and Democratic Parties

This argument was presented on Thursday evening, April 11, 1940, and was one of the regular Town Hall programs. The moderator of the program was George B. Denny, Jr. Glenn Frank at this time was chairman of the Republican Program Committee and had just sponsored the composition and publication of an extensive Republican Campaign Handbook. The Honorable Robert H. Jackson, not long before appointed Attorney-General of the United States, was widely referred to as President Roosevelt's choice for his successor. As the third term idea gained momentum in April, 1940, Mr. Jackson was frequently mentioned as a possibility for the vice-presidency (even though from Roosevelt's state of New York).

Our American Legal Philosophy

I am happy to share the hospitality of this occasion- not as a guest, but more nearly as a returned prodigal. When, over a quarter of a century ago, I became a member of this association, it was the expectation of serving for life at the bar of this state. I was lured away for a time from that strict course, although I cannot saw that I did much to prevent my seduction.

Rule of Law Among Nations

On April 13, 1945, Justice Robert H. Jackson delivered a speech at the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington D.C. This speech was given the day after the death of President Roosevelt. In the speech, The Rule of Law Among Nations, Jackson urged that any war crimes trials following the war be genuine, informed by due process and the rule of law, and not pruned proceedings, contrived to reach a designed end.

What Price “Due Process”

The  ease with which the foreign corporation is "doing business" within our state for the purpose of trade, and at the same time manages not to be doing business so as to be sued here, is attested by the number of cases in which service of process is nullified. How many cases are abandoned by counsel before suit can only be guessed at.

A Progressive Democracy

On Sunday evening, January 19, 1941 (Inauguration Eve), Attorney General Robert H. Jackson was scheduled to give the following keynote speech at a Washington, D.C., gala dinner for the presidential electors. The Democratic Party sought to feature Jackson, one of its brightest young (age 48) stars and future presidential prospects, before this large, particularly significant national political audience. Jackson, assigned to speak about “A Progressive Democracy,” wrote his own speech for the occasion – as he almost always did – but when the evening arrived, Jackson could not participate due to illness. His friend and colleague, Solicitor General Francis Biddle, instead delivered Jackson’s speech at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel to a crowd of more than 1,500 guests, including the 531 electors, Cabinet members, Members of Congress and State Governors. A Department of Justice press release copy of Jackson’s speech is contained in his papers in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Box 41.

Introductory Address to the Bureau of Internal Revenue Legal Office

In first the meeting the entire legal staff of what is said to be the largest law office in the world, I must make a confession and perhaps do penance. I have never before been in the Government service and have never specialized in the practice of law before its Executive of Legislative Departments. I confess I have had the conventional attitude among those who are rather far removed from the government service. It seemed to me that the government service was a place where all matters met with interminable delay without much effort to close them up; where the character of the service they received was of doubtful competency and indifferent character.