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This Supplement #14 is dedicated to Professor George Anastaplo who passed away on February 14, 2013, as we were completing our updates of the Global Privacy and Security Law treatise. Professor Anastaplo was my Constitutional Law Professor while I was attending Law School in Chicago. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as a navigator of B-17s and B-29s. He earned his BA, JD, and PhD from the University of Chicago. He was the author of numerous books, articles, op-eds, and hundreds of essays.
Professor Anastaplo has become famous for having conducted his own bar admission litigation after he was denied admission 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. Specifically, in the questionnaire that is completed as part of an application to become licensed as an attorney by the State Bar of Illinois, he refused to answer questions about membership in the Communist Party. George’s stand was based on Constitutional principles and consequent rejection of McCarthyism. The Supreme Court’s majority upheld the lower courts’ ruling in favor of the Illinois Bar, although Justice Hugo Black dissented.
In the aftermath of the case, George Anastaplo was often described as the “Socrates of Chicago.” He was subsequently nominated annually for the Nobel Peace Prize between 1980 and 1992. George’s distinguished academic career included serving as a lecturer in the University of Chicago’s Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults and as professor of political science and philosophy at Dominican University.