Respondent
Wekselman, Martin
Interview Date
March 15, 1989
Abstract
The Honorable Judge Martin Wekselman, in addition to serving in the court system is an instructor at the Duquesne University law school and is active with the Community Relations Council of United Jewish Federation and the American Jewish Congress; birth year, 1928;
[T1S1] parents' emigration from Russia in 1921; their marriage in 1925 and early life; his siblings; recollections of his early life in Coraopolis, PA, a small town near Pittsburgh; his teaching at Duquesne law school while serving as a judge; recollections of listening to the news with his father; the death of his relatives during WWII; visiting his remaining relatives in Russia in 1985; enrolls in Duquesne University Law School seven years after graduation from the University of Pittsburgh; marriage to Selma Finkelstein in 1949;
[T1S2] his parents' death; his children, their careers and families; his early law career as clerk to Ray Marsh; influence of Ray Marsh in his career; becomes clerk to Judge Henry O'Brien; his appointment to a vacancy in the court by Governor Shapp; views about Shapp; his service on Community Relations Council of United Jewish Federation; his involvement with American Jewish Congress (AJC); discussion of AJC; political background; discussion of judges salaries; contrast between his upbringing and that of his children; his enjoyment in his profession; feelings about the city of Pittsburgh;
[T2S3] discussion of politics on a city, state, and national level; views about lack of law history in law school; his exposure to great people in his lifetime, including meeting Eleanor Roosevelt; his views about political figures in Pittsburgh; views about Pittsburgh's City Council.
Subjects
American Jewish Congress; Coraopolis (Pa.); Courts; Justice, Administration of; Lawyers; Law; Politics; Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962; Shapp, Milton J., 1912-1994; City and town life; Jews--Social life and customs
Birth Date
1928
City
Coraopolis, PA
Profession
Judge; Professor
Work
Duquesne University
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Faigen, Ann
Interviewer2
Kimball, Harold
Collateral Materials
Box 107 FF 20
Identifier
ais196440.494
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh