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Supreme Court Justices with no prior judicial experience

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Lewis Powell Jr. (1972-1987): Justice Powell was a reluctant associate justice. President Richard Nixon asked Powell to join the Supreme Court in 1969, but Powell demurred. When Nixon asked him again in 1971, he reluctantly accepted after being persuaded it was his duty to the nation. Prior to his nomination, Powell worked at a lucrative private practice law firm and had no judicial experience. He resigned from his post in 1987.


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