From the 2006 News Archive
Library Creates New Website Devoted to Judge Simon Sobeloff, Class of 1915 and Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
In conjunction with the visit of a panel of judges from the United States District Court for the Fourth Circuit, the University of Maryland School of Law’s Thurgood Marshall Law Library has created a new website devoted to Judge Simon Sobeloff
, a member of the law school’s Class of 1915 and former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
From 1919 until his death in 1973, in a career that saw him rise from Assistant Baltimore City Solicitor to Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit, Judge Sobeloff addressed himself to issues such as progressive reform at the city level, prohibition, censorship, the great depression, war, civil rights, civil liberties, legislative reapportionment, and reform of the criminal justice system. Consistently he took the side of the less fortunate and the persecuted. His close friend, Governor McKeldin, called him, simply, "the champion of the underdog." Above all, Sobeloff was dedicated to the belief that the law existed to see justice done. Committed to insuring that justice should not belong solely to the wealthy and powerful, he exhibited an activist's concern that the courts take an aggressive role in redressing grievances of politically impotent minorities. To his way of thinking, the legal system functioned best when racial, religious, or ethnic minorities, the poor, or the politically unimportant received fair treatment.
The website includes biographical material, archival sources and original audio on the life and influence of Judge Simon Sobeloff, Law, Class of 1915.