Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kenneth A. Manaster  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

-- Kenneth A. Manaster on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Manaster was born in Chicago, Illinois.

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Titles At Your Library

Environmental Protection and Justice: Readings on the Practice and Purposes of Environmental Law
ISBN: 1422411591

LexisNexis. 2007

Environmental Protection and Justice offers students both a broad ethical and practical perspective on the evolving practice of Environmental Law, and a more specific focus on environmental justice developments. The book's "environmental justice" materials have been expanded and updated for this Second Edition, creating an extensive and useful selection of such materials. This edition refines and builds upon the original materials with important recent developments, most notably selections from EPA's proposed Title VI Guidances and materials on the Shintech-Tulane Environmental Law Clinic controversy.

Illinois Justice: The Scandal of 1969 and the Rise of John Paul Stevens
ISBN: 0226502430

University of Chicago Press. 2001

Illinois political scandals reached new depths in the 1960s and ’70s. In Illinois Justice, Kenneth Manaster takes us behind the scenes of one of the most spectacular. The so-called Scandal of 1969 not only ended an Illinois Supreme Court justice’s aspirations to the US Supreme Court, but also marked the beginning of little-known lawyer John Paul Stevens’s rise to the high court.

In 1969, citizen gadfly Sherman Skolnick accused two Illinois Supreme Court justices of accepting valuable bank stock from an influential Chicago lawyer in exchange for deciding an important case in the lawyer’s favor. The resulting feverish media coverage prompted the state supreme court to appoint a special commission to investigate. Within six weeks and on a shoestring budget, the commission mobilized a small volunteer staff to reveal the facts. Stevens, then a relatively unknown Chicago lawyer, served as chief counsel. His work on this investigation would launch him into the public spotlight and onto the bench.

Manaster, who served on the commission, tells the real story of the investigation, detailing the dead ends, tactics, and triumphs. Manaster expertly traces Stevens’s masterful courtroom strategies and vividly portrays the high-profile personalities involved, as well as the subtleties of judicial corruption. A reflective foreword by Justice Stevens himself looks back at the case and how it influenced his career.

Now the subject of the documentary Unexpected Justice: The Rise of John Paul Stevens, Manaster’s book is both a fascinating chapter of political history and a revealing portrait of the early career of a Supreme Court justice.



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