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Name:  George Anastaplo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: November 7, 1925


Illinois Connection

Anastaplo lived in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago and taught at The University of Chicago and Dominican University in River Forest.

Biographical and Professional Information

George Anastaplo was a professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and author who was famously denied admission for many years to the Illinois Bar. The denial of his admission became a Supreme Court case, ''In re Anastaplo'', in which he insisted that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the privacy of political affiliations; in particular, he refused to answer questions about membership in the Communist Party. Although he had lost the case, he became a figure of American liberty everywhere. He was described as the 'Socrates of Chicago'. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, navigating B-17 and B-29 bombers, he pursued his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Chicago He received his AB in 1948, JD in 1951 and PhD in 1964. While Anastaplo never became a lawyer, his legal training served him well in academia. In 1957, he joined the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies and continued to teach through December 2013 - teaching nearly six decades. He also taught at Dominican University (then Rosary College), and later at the Loyola University School of Law, frequently riding his bike from Hyde Park to Loyola until he was nearly 80. Anastaplo’s unwavering commitment to free thought earned him many admirers. In 2005, he was the inaugural recipient of the Graham School’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and received the school’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012.

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