Interview with Robert Links

Great, OK. Let's go forward now to the day that all arguments were heard before the Supreme Court. You told me a wonderful story about the cab ride that you took with the radio that the cab driver had on and then what you found when you got to the Supreme Court.


So, the, um, the cab ride and your first day, the day of the oral arguments.


I think one of the things that will stay with me forever about the Bakke case aside from the fact that it was the very first case that I ever worked on as a lawyer fresh out of law school, believe it or not, is the day we went to the Supreme Court to argue the case. Ah, I was the one who wrote all the briefs and did all the research, and my partner, Reny Colvin, who really was the lead lawyer in the case, ah, argued it before the Court. And we were staying at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C. and we had to take a cab over to the Supreme Court building. And we hailed a taxi and got in and we knew it was a big day. And, ah, as we drove to the Court the cabbie had the radio on and there was one news report after another about the big case at the Supreme Court. And we kind of looked at each other and we knew who they were talking about and what they were talking about. The cabbie turns around and says, "Geez, there's really something going on over there today. And where do you boys want me to let you out?" And, ah, as we drove up to the Court, ah, there they were, all those hundreds, probably thousands of people who had stood in line camping out over night to listen to that case and to watch that case be argued. And I don't think there's any bigger thrill for a lawyer than having started out in Yolo County where there are only about three people in the courtroom, to go before the highest court in the land with the whole world watching. And ah, it's something I'll never forget.