Judge Prettyman was memorialized by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. His remarks were delivered on April 17, 1972. The full text of the Memorial session can be found at 463 F.2d 5 (1972).

...Barrett Prettyman's contributions to the whole field of administrative law... and the improvements in that field which is still in its infancy in terms of the history of the law, have been treated amply on many occasions and in many articles, and much more will be said about them, I have no doubt. They were important contributions in a field of law that has had only 30 to 35 years of background.

But ... at least equally important ...as far back as 1956 when I came on that Court 16 years ago last Friday, Barrett Prettyman had anticipated the avalanche that was going to fall on the federal courts of this country, and he tried to do something about it. As Chief Judge, he devoted an enormous amount of his time and his energy and his great administrative talents to probing at the problems and seeking improvements. It was in that period that we reduced the time for oral argument, for example. We began oral arguments at an earlier hour and set a greater number of cases for argument each day. ...Many other improvements in administration were made in the day­to-day working of the Court while he was Chief Judge, and a good many of them were not known to the Bar or the public.

It was in the intimacy of the Court that Barrett Prettyman's warmth and human qualities could be seen at their best. As we know, he was by nature a very warm and outgoing gregarious person, and in this respect he did not change when he became a judge. When he became Chief Judge, he instituted the pleasant custom of having tea and coffee served during our conference periods, and he usually called for the tea and coffee when he thought the conference was reaching an impasse or when the discussion was showing more heat than light. Sometimes that was quite early in the conference.

He was constantly concerned with an effort to relate our daily work as judges to the past, and I can recall, as I'm sure the others on the Court at that time can recall, when he arranged with the National Geographic Society to reproduce handsome sepia enlargements of Mount Zion, of the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand in London, of the Courts of Justice in Paris, and the Palace of Justice in Rome, so that as we continued our daily work we would have a constant reminder that a great many people had been dealing with those problems for a long time before we came along, and also to remind us that we owe a great debt not just to the common law of England, but to the law of Rome, and the Civil Codes of the Continent of Europe, and, of course, ultimately back to Moses and Mount Zion.

Barrett Prettyman was constantly alert to the needs of his colleagues and the small day­to-day problems of the functioning of the Court. I'm sure that we can all recall that one of his concerns was the acoustical inadequacy of the Court of Appeals courtroom. His concept of the constitutional requirement for a public hearing was that the public hear what was going on. And so he consulted with a friend of his on the faculty of Georgetown University who was expert in matters of electronics and amplification, and after a period of time solved the problem. This seems a small matter perhaps to some, but it was a matter he considered profoundly the responsibility of the Court.

He was deeply concerned about the need for communications between the Bar and the Court and so he sought to develop the Judicial Conference as a more useful and meaningful forum to exchange ideas and make improvements in the law....

In meeting all the problems of the Court, whether in the decisional process or on the administrative side, Barrett Prettyman exemplified the concept of a court as an instrument of continuity with change. He was a great respecter of the past. He was a traditionalist in all aspects of his life, both as a lawyer and as a private person. Yet he was never one to resist change. No idea, however novel, would fail to get his ear and his consideration if it gave any promise at all of improving the work of the Court....