Speaker: Lloyd Cutler
Date: May 29, 2003
In our first of three biographical interviews on the life and career of Lloyd Cutler, the participants cover the period from Cutler’s early life to his work during the Johnson administration. The session begins with Cutler’s reflections on growing up in New York and his early schooling. He discusses his law school years at Yale, including some of the interesting people he became associated with, his editorship of the law review, and commentary on the political issues of the 1930s. He describes his early work both as clerk and attorney, commenting on the important cases he worked on and people he met during this time. Cutler then recalls his work in Washington and North Africa in the Office of Lend-Lease during World War II. His service in the Special Branch at the Pentagon working on intelligence and code breaking is given considerable attention. Cutler discusses his work for the State Department in the postwar period and the people he worked with, then talks about his service on the Brownell Commission. He chronicles his participation in the Kennedy administration, including his service on the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, his other legal work during this time, and other memories from the Kennedy years. The session ends with Cutler’s work during the Johnson administration and some thoughts on Vietnam and key officials within the administration.