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Charles James Zinn, American lawyer. Recipient Encaenia award Fordham College, 1957; grantee Asia Foundation, 1965.


Zinn, Charles James was born on July 12, 1905 in New York City. Son of Oscar and Margaret (Donnelly) Zinn.


Bachelor of Arts, Fordham University, 1927, Bachelor of Laws, 1930. Master of Laws, Georgetown University, 1951, Scientiae Juridicae Doctor, 1954.


1 daughter, Ethel Marie (Mistress Raymond J. Kern). Admitted to New York bar, 1931, District of Columbia Bar, 1939. Law associate firm Clark & Baldwin, New York City 1931-1937.

With firm Halpin, Keogh & St. John, New York City, 1938-1970. Law revision counsel United States House of Representatives, 1939-1970. Professorial lecturer George Washington University, 1952-1970.

Parliamentary adviser Government Pakistan, 1964. Guest lecturer numerous European universities, 1955-1956. Director Panama Canal Company, 1961-1969.

Assistant judge advisory New York City Patrol Corps, 1942-1945. Member United States advising committee International Rules Civil Procedure, 1958-1965. Member advising committee Virgin Islands code Department Interior, 1955-1956.

Member Governor Advisory Committee Canal Zone Code, 1959-1970.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Veto Power of the President, 1951. How Our Laws are Made, 1952. American Congressional Procedure, 1958.

      Control of the Executive by Congress, 1962.


Member American, Federal (Justice Tom. C. Clark award 1966, also Distinguished Service award 1969), New York State, Brooklyn (trustee 1945-1951) bar associations, Brooklyn Guild Catholic Lawyers (Board of Governors 1942-1945), American Peace Society (president 1964-1966), Catholic Association International Peace, National Legislative Conference, Association Secretaries General Parliaments (president), District of Columbia Polit Science Association (president 1958), Sons Vets Civil War (commander Lafayette camp 1943-1945), Royal Arcanum (regent W. S. Hancock council 1939-1940), Phi Alpha Delta (justice District of Columbia chapter 1953-1954).


Married Ethel Doner Cahill, June 30, 1931.

Oscar Zinn

Margaret (Donnelly) Zinn

Ethel Doner Cahill