The Supreme Court justice for whom Ben W. Heineman served as a law clerk was incorrectly reported yesterday. It was the late Potter Stewart. (Published 6/28/87)

"It will be difficult to find a man to replace him. One needs an ideologue or two like a Brennan or a Rehnquist to stake out the positions for argument. But then one needs a man of moderate instinct and craftsmanlike ability. One hopes Powell's replacement will have those qualities." -- University of Virginia Law School Prof. A.E. Dick Howard

"He was, I think, the ablest member of the court . . . . Some other justices will help {assume Powell's role}. I don't know anyone who can do it as well, except possibly Justice Blackmun -- a man who works by persuasion, not by sledgehammers, just like Powell." -- Former solicitor general Erwin N. Griswold

"The courtly patrician gentleman, soft-spoken, not asserting himself but always pretty strong in his beliefs -- this was the persona he always displayed on the court . . . . Powell was extraordinarily important in keeping the court down the middle of the road, which was probably appropriate given the era." -- Former Powell clerk Ben W. Heineman

"None of the other justices had the same case-by-case inclination as Powell did. That was both Powell's strength and his weakness. Most of the others try to define and act according to overarching principles." -- University of Chicago Law School Prof. Geoffrey Stone

"He displayed caution, moderation. He was a guy who didn't have an agenda, but he was a guy who cared an awful lot about the law. He was the kind of guy who would have insight that others wouldn't have into how a particular thing was going to work in the real world . . . a guy you could count on not to plunge ahead -- maybe to inch ahead -- but he knew how far to go." -- University of Michigan Law School Prof. Yale Kamisar