Guide to the Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- AIS.1998.30.02

ULS Archives & Special Collections

 Series II. Early Legal Career, 1950s-1970s

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series II. Early Legal Career
Creator
Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-
Collection Number
AIS.1998.30.02
Date
1950s-1970s
Extent
6.88 linear feet
Abstract
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law ('57), Thornburgh remained in Pittsburgh and began his law career as staff counsel at the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA). In 1959, he joined Kirkpatrick, Pomeroy, Lockhart and Johnson (K&L) and has remained associated with the firm when not holding a public service position. Thornburgh was elected to the Junior Bar Association of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1960 and became chairman in 1963, working to modernize the Pennsylvania judicial system. Files here are organized in six sections: "Legal and Personal Calendars"; "Law Work"; "Pennsylvania Junior Bar Association"; "Allegheny Bar Association"; "Neighborhood Legal Services"; and "Legal Reports on Courts." The files consist generally of correspondence, memoranda, case materials, event information, articles, news releases and reports. Researchers should note that the time frame here in "Early Law Career" coincides with or overlaps the following two collection sections on "Civic Activity," and "Politics" which have some related correspondence and files. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.
Sponsor Note
This finding aid is available on line as result of a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania grant to the University of Pittsburgh and with collaboration of the Archives Service Center and the Digital Research Library.

Preferred Citation

Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- , AIS.1998.30, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 30, 2004

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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dick Thornburgh, February 27, 1998

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Nancy Watson, Curator of the Thornburgh Papers, Holly Mengel, Project Archivist, and a team of graduate students. Processing was made possible by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2002.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Holly Mengel in 2004. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 3608599

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Allegheny County Bar Association.
  • Aluminum Company of America.
  • American Bar Association.
  • Kirkpatrick & Lockhart.
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association. Junior Bar Conference.

Personal Name(s)

  • Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-

Subject(s)

  • Associations
  • Government
  • Lawyers -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Personal papers
  • Politics

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Previous Citation

Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- , AIS.1998.30, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  II. Early Legal Career, 1950s-1970s 

Scope and Contents note

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law ('57), Thornburgh began his law career as staff counsel at the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA). In 1959, he joined Kirkpatrick, Pomeroy, Lockhart and Johnson (K & L) as the nineteenth lawyer of the firm and has remained associated with the firm intermittently ongoing, when not holding a public service position.

Thornburgh was elected to the Junior Bar Association of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1960 and became chairman in 1963. Throughout his association with this organization, Thornburgh worked to modernize the Pennsylvania judicial system. The conference for this purpose, held in January of 1964, "marked the beginning of a lifelong commitment to judicial reform and introduced [Thornburgh] to many leaders who shared this concern" ( Evidence, p. 17).

In 1962, Thornburgh was elected Secretary of the Junior Bar Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association and served on the Public Service Committee and chaired the Public Defender Committee from 1966-1969.

Thornburgh's paper on the 1963 case of Gideon v. Wainwright, "Indigents in the Pennsylvania Criminal Courts: The Impact of Gideon v. Wainwright," "led naturally to a concern for meeting the legal needs of poor people in civil matters" ( Evidence, p. 18). Thornburgh was a member of the Neighborhood Legal Services Association of Pittsburgh and served as one of its original board members, resigning in 1969 when appointed U.S. Attorney.

"Early Legal Career" files are organized in six sections: "Legal and Personal Calendars"; "Law Work"; "Pennsylvania Junior Bar Association"; "Allegheny Bar Association"; "Neighborhood Legal Services"; and "Legal Reports on Courts." The files consist generally of correspondence, memoranda, case materials, event information, articles, news releases and reports. Researchers should note that the time frame here in "Early Law Career" coincides with or overlaps the following sections on "Civic Activity," and "Politics" which have some related correspondence and files. Of particular interest, too, are the scrapbooks kept by Ginny Thornburgh that document Thornburgh's rising career during these early years with the resultant newspaper clippings and articles (Section 21). All speeches and news releases are available here online.

Subseries  1. Personal and Legal Calendars, 1959-1969 

Scope and Contents note

These early calendars kept by Thornburgh are complete and arranged chronologically by year.

  BoxFolder
 1959 81
  Folder
 1960 2
  Folder
 1961 3
  Folder
 1962 4
  Folder
 1963 5
  Folder
 1964 6
  Folder
 1965 7
  Folder
 1966 8
  BoxFolder
 1967 91
  Folder
 1968 2
  Folder
 1969 3

Subseries  2. Practice of Law, 1959-1969 

Scope and Contents note

Although Thornburgh's first job following law school was with ALCOA (in 1958), he joined Kirkpatrick and Lockhart (K & L) in 1959 and has continued his association with them until the present day. This section deals only with his papers from 1959 until he became U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania in 1969. Please note that ongoing K & L files fall in their various later time periods, the next being concurrent with his year at Harvard's Institute of Politics (1987-1988).

Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), 1958 

  Folder
Work Completed Journal 1958 4

Kirkpatrick, Pomeroy, Lockhart, and Johnson (K&L), 1959-ongoing 

  Folder
Professional Address Books Undated 5
  Folder
Memoranda of Law 1959 6
  Folder
Memoranda of Law 1960 7
  Folder
Memoranda of Law 1961-1962 8
  Folder
Memoranda of Law 1963-1965 9
  Folder
Correspondence 1958-1964 10
  Folder
Correspondence 1965-1969 11
  BoxFolder
Thornburgh's Daily Letter Files 1959-1968 101-11
  BoxFolder
Thornburgh's Daily Letter Files 1968-1969 111-2
  Folder
Memos and Notes from Meeting with George D. Lockhart January, 1965 3
  Folder
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Western District: Alloy Manufacturing Company Employees Trust, Appeal of William D. Minnotte, Record, Supplemental Record, and Brief for Pittsburgh National Bank, Appellee 1963 4
  Folder
Nate Smith Case 1968 5
  Folder
K&L Memorabilia Undated 6
  Folder
"Remedies," by Richard L. Thornburgh and Edward Al Craig, III and "Equity," by Maurice B. Cohill, Jr. and Richard L. Thornburgh (from the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, annotated) 1959-1963 7
  Folder
"Taxability of Lump Sum Distributions from Qualified Employee Benefit Plans Made Indigent to a Corporate Reorganization," by Richard L. Thornburgh 1965 8

Subseries  3. Junior Bar Section of the Pennsylvani Bar Association, 1960-1964 

Scope and Contents note

While working at Kirkpatrick and Lockhart, Thornburgh was a member of the Pennsylvania Junior Bar Conference (1960-1964) and was named Junior Bar Chairman in 1963. Files are organized into Conference Materials and Committee Work. Thornburgh also participated in organizing "A Citizen's Conference on Modernization of the Pennsylvania Judicial System" (Philadelphia, January 1964) and participated in the Volunteer Defenders Committee. His article regarding the treatment of indigents in courts is available here online.

Conference Material 

  Folder
Pennsylvania Junior Bar Conference: Programs and Correspondence 1960-1962 9-11
  Folder
Correspondence and Articles regarding Thornburgh being named Junior Bar Chairman 1963 12
  Folder
Pennsylvania Junior Bar Conference: "Reporter" and Correspondence January, 1963-March, 1964 13-14
  Folder
Report of the Junior Bar Conference to the President and Members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, PA Bar Association Quarterly January, 1964 15
  Folder
"Citizen's Conference on Modernization of the Pennsylvania Judicial System," Philadelphia January 9-11, 1964 16
  Folder
Pennsylvania Bar Association 68th Annual Meeting Material, Philadelphia, PA January 22-25, 1964 17
  Folder
Pennsylvania Junior Bar Conference: Correspondence 1965-1966 18
  Folder
"Courts and Administrative Offices Handbook," by Thornburgh and Samuels, editors 1965 19

Committee Work 

  Folder
Program Committee Correspondence March-September, 1963 20
  BoxFolder
Volunteers Defenders Committee Correspondence 1963 121
  Folder
Volunteer Defenders Committee Report November 15, 1963 2
  Folder
"Indigents in the Pennsylvania Criminal Courts: The Impact of Gideon v. Wainwright," by Richard L. Thornburgh of the Allegheny County Bar, Immediate Past Chairman of the Pennsylvania Junior Bar Conference 1964 3
Online
  Folder
Reviewed Copies of "Indigents in Pennsylvania Criminal Courts: The Impact of Gideon v. Wainwright," by Richard L. Thornburgh 1964 4
  Folder
Research on Defense of Indigents undated 5
  Folder
Newspaper Clippings on Defense of Indigents 1963-1965 6
  Folder
Outside Reports on Indigents in the American Courts (annotated) 1964 7

Subseries  4. Allegheny County Bar Association, 1960-1969 

Scope and Contents note

Thornburgh was a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association. He was Secretary of the Junior Bar Section and participated in the Public Defender Committee, and the Indigent and Public Service Committees. Materials here relate to events and appearances, information on the Allegheny Bar Association, Public Defender Committee, and the Public Service Committee. A speech and news release are available here online.

Events and Appearances 

  Folder
"Law Day--Rule of Right, Not Might," St. George High School, Pittsburgh, PA May 1, 1963 8
Online
  Folder
"Legal Line," WJAS Radio, Pittsburgh, PA April 8, 1962 9
  Folder
"Your 60 Second Counsel," KDKA Radio, Pittsburgh, PA April 26, 1962 10
  Folder
Peabody High School Career Conference on Law, Pittsburgh, PA May 18, 1966 11
  Folder
"Faith and Freedom," WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA June 2, 1966 12

Allegheny County Bar Association: History and Correspondence 

  Folder
"History of Allegheny Bar Association," by Joseph A. Katarincic from the Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine December, 1960 13
  Folder
"Junior Bar Section, Allegheny County Bar Association," by Jack W. Plowman, Chairman 1961 14
  Folder
Correspondence regarding Thornburgh's Election as Secretary of Junior Bar Section of Allegheny County Bar Association February, 1962 15

Public Defender Committee, 1964-1965 

  Folder
Public Defender Committee Correspondence 1964-1965 16
  Folder
Public Defender Committee Minutes July, 1964-June, 1965 17
  Folder
Public Defender Committee Notes, Drafts, and Acts 1964-1965 18
  Folder
Thornburgh's Memorandum Regarding Counsel for Indigent Criminal Defendants--Activities of the Allegheny County Bar Association February 8, 1965 19
Online
  Folder
Indigents Committee Meeting Minutes May-June, 1966 20
  Folder
Information regarding the "Criminal Justice Act of 1965" 1965 21

Public Service Committee, 1964-1969 

  Folder
Handbook and Functions (annotated) Undated 22
  Folder
Thornburgh, Chairman of the Allegheny County Bar Association's Public Service Committee, criticized First Assistant District Attorney Dunn for his denunciation of tax-supported legal aid agencies October 16, 1968 23
Online
  Folder
Correspondence 1965-1969 24
  Folder
Precinct Observer Program June-August, 1969 25
  Folder
Minutes 1966-1968 26
  Folder
"Administration of Justice during Civil Disorders in Pittsburgh," A report by Public Service Committee May, 1968 27
  Folder
Department of Health, Education and Welfare Legal Services Program 1968-1969 28
  Folder
"Minority Loan Entrepreneur Program" 1968-1969 29
  Folder
Thornburgh's Notes and Reports from Public Service Committee 1968 30
  Folder
Notes and Correspondence regarding "Proposal for Expansion of the Public Defender's Office" 1967 31
  Folder
Correspondence and Memorandum regarding Bail Bond Situation in Pittsburgh 1965-1966 32
  Folder
Reports and Issues regarding Public Service Committee 1964-1966 33

Subseries  5. Neighborhood Legal Services Association, 1965-1969 

Scope and Contents note

Thornburgh was a member of the Neighborhood Legal Services Association of Pittsburgh and served as one of its original board members. This organization "was designed simply to level the playing field in everyday disputes between those with competent legal advice, generally the powerful, and those without, generally the powerless" ( Evidence, p. 18).

  Folder
Research on Neighborhood Legal Programs 1965-1966 34
  Folder
By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation 1965-1967 35
  Folder
Board of Directors 1966-1968 36
  BoxFolder
Budgetary Matters and Statistics 1967-1968 131
  Folder
Reports of the Director of the Neighborhood Legal Services Association 1967-1969 2
  Folder
Neighborhood Legal Services Association Correspondence December, 1966-August, 1968 3
  Folder
Neighborhood Legal Services Association Correspondence September, 1968-November, 1969 4
  Folder
Summary of Results of Questionnaire Forwarded to Attorneys of Neighborhood Legal Services Association Fall, 1967 5
  Folder
Reports and Resolutions 1967-1968 6
  Folder
Newspaper Clippings and Articles regarding Reports and Resolutions 1966-1969 7

Subseries  6. Reports on Judicial Reform in Pennsylvania, 1961-1974 

Scope and Contents note

Material here consists of reports on the legal system and courts in Pennsylvania, with annotations by Thornburgh.

  Folder
"Dispatch and Display: A Field Study of Judicial Administration in Pennsylvania," by A. Leo Levin and Edward Al Wooley (annotated) 1961 8
  Folder
"Minor Courts in Pennsylvania: A Study of the Justices of the Peace and Aldermen," Conducted by the Committee on Minor Judiciary of the PA Bar Association and the Institute of Public Administration, Pennsylvania State University 1962 9
  Folder
"Toward Judicial Reform in Pennsylvania: A Study in Court Reorganization," by Sidney Schulman 1962 10
  Folder
Improving Pennsylvania's Criminal Justice System Through Upgraded Standards and Goals," by the PA Joint Council on the Criminal Justice System 1974 11
  Folder
"The Criminal Justice Standards and Goals of the National Advisory Commission Digested from a National Strategy to Reduce Crime," by the Pennsylvania Committee for Criminal Justice Standards and Goals undated 12

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