A Guide to the Walter E. Hoffman Papers, 1954-1992 Hoffman, Walter E., Papers 015

A Guide to the Walter E. Hoffman Papers, 1954-1992

A Collection in
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Archives
Collection Number 015


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Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Archives, Washington and Lee University

Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Archives
Washington and Lee University
School of Law
Lexington, Virginia 24450-0303
USA
Phone: (540) 458-8969
Email: powell@wlu.edu
URL: http://law.wlu.edu/library/powell/

© 2005 By Washington and Lee University. All rights reserved.

Processed by: John N. Jacob Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Archives Staff

Repository
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Archives, School of Law, Washington and Lee University
Accession number
015
Title
Walter E. Hoffman Papers 1954-1992
Extent
C. 100 cu. ft.
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Walter E. Hoffman Papers, Ms #015, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Archives, School of Law, Washington and Lee University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Walter E. Hoffman, May 16, 1995; received April 8, 2004.


Biographical/Historical Information

Walter Edward Hoffman was born in Jersey City, New Jersy and graduated in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1928. He received a law degree from Washington and Lee University in 1931 and went into private practice in Norfolk, Virgnia. He rose to leadership in the Virginia Republican Party and headed the state Republican convention in 1952. In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed him to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of irginia, sitting in Norfolk. Hightlights of Judge Hoffman's more than 40 years on the bench include the issuing of rulings to implement the Supreme Court mandate ending racial segregation; accepting Vice President Spiro T. Agnew's nolo contendere plea; and handling the corruption trial of District Court Judge Harry E. Claiborne. In recognition of his service, the Norfolk courthouse bears his name. Hoffman died on November 21, 1996.

Scope and Content

The Walter E. Hoffman papers suggest the breadth of his judicial service, with records from 8 U.S. Circuit courts and the U.S. Supreme Court in addition to those from the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia. His service in professional associations, most particularly the Judicial Conference of the United States is well documented. Unfortunately, there is a dirth of biographical information and many of his most memorable trials are not represented in the collection.

Arrangement

The papers are arranged by series with the professional association records and judicial case files making up almost 90% of the extent of the papers.

Contents List

1.0: Biographical Materials, 1961-1997
Carton: 1
2.0: Correspondence, 1985-1990
Carton: 1
3.0: Subject Files, c.1980-1989
Carton: 1-3
4.0: Speeches, c. 1972-1985
Carton: 5-6
5.0: Law School Lectures (William & Mary), 1978
Carton: 7
6.0: Opinions 1954-1983
Carton: 8-12
7.0: Professional Associations 1960-1994
  • 7.1: Judicial Conference of the United States
    • Carton 13-18
      7.1.1: General, 1965-1994
    • 7.1.2: Committees
      • Carton 19-27
        7.1.2.1: Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules, 1961-1992
      • Carton 28-29
        7.1.2.2: Cameras in the Courtroom, 1983-1984
      • Carton 30
        7.1.2.3: Continuing Education, 1966
      • Carton 30
        7.1.2.4: Jury System, 1960
      • Carton 31-32
        7.1.2.5: Habeas Corpus, 1970-1977
      • Carton 33
        7.1.2.6: Probation, 1963-1967
      • Carton 34-36
        7.1.2.7: Rules of Practice and Procedure, 1970-1987
    • Carton 37
      7.1.3: Seminar for New Judges, 1963
  • Carton 38-39
    7.2: Federal Judicial Center, 1973-1984
  • Carton 40-41
    7.3: Metropolitan Chief Judges, 1976-1983
8.0: Jury Charges and Local Rules, 1979-1966
Carton: 42-44
9.0: Case Files, 1964-1993
  • 9.1: U.S. District Courts
    • 9.1.1: Eastern District of Virginia, 1964-1991
      • Carton 45-49
        9.1.1.1: General, 1964-1990
      • Carton 50
        9.1.1.2: U.S. v. Morgan Joe, 1991-1992
    • Carton 51
      9.1.2: Western District of Virginia, 1986
    • Carton 52-53
      9.1.3: Southern District of West Virginia (Arch Moore), c.1990
    • Carton 54
      9.1.4: District of Massachusetts, 1974
    • Carton 55
      9.1.5: District of South Carolina (U.S. v. Schaffer), 1981
    • Carton 56-57; 61
      9.1.6: Middle District of Florida (general), 1983-1989
      • Carton 58
        9.1.6.1: Mekdeci v. Merrill National Laboratories, 1981
      • Carton 59
        9.1.6.2: Evans v. Orlando Central Park, 1985-1986
      • Carton 60
        9.1.6.3: U.S. v. Murgo, 1983-1984
    • Carton 62
      9.1.7: District of Utah, 1971-1973
  • 9.2: U.S. Circuit Courts,
    • Carton 63-64
      9.2.1: 3rd Circuit, 1980-1984
    • Carton 65-70
      9.2.2: 4th Circuit, 1983-1990
    • Carton 71
      9.2.3: 7th Circuit, 1982
    • Carton 62-75
      9.2.4: 9th Circuit, 1982-1983
    • Carton 76-78
      9.2.5: 10th Circuit (Pacific Engineering v. Kerr-McGee), 1972-1973
    • Carton 79-94
      9.2.6: 11th Circuit, 1982-1991
    • Carton 95
      9.2.7: D.C. Circuit, 1978-1979
    • Carton 96-103
      9.2.8: Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals, 1983-1993
  • 9.3: U.S. Supreme Court,
    • Carton 104-105
      9.3.1: Georgia v. South Carolina, 1977-1988
    • Carton 106-107
      9.3.2: U.S. v. Maine, 1977-1985