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  • ‘Freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think’

    1 week ago

    The most eloquent defense of freedom of speech that I have ever read was authored by Justice Louis Brandeis. In Whitney v. California in 1927, Justice Brandeis wrote:

    Those who won our independence believed that the final end of the state was to make men free to develop their...

  • Milestones issued from the jurist’s pen

    1 week ago

    Dubbed the “People’s Lawyer,” Louis Brandeis took on cases free of fees so that he could address issues beyond the case itself that he thought to be in the public’s interest. It has been said that Brandeis virtually invented the public-interest law firm.

    Perhaps this is what led...

  • How evidence became the winning argument

    1 week ago

    The first thing most people think of when they hear the name Louis Brandeis is his role as the first Jewish Supreme Court justice. For lawyers like me, who work on appeals, a close second is the concept of a “Brandeis Brief,” a style of advocacy that focuses more on empirical...

  • An Iranian-Jew’s trip to the White House

    By Sam Yebri

    December 19, 2012 | 10:16 am

    “What is the difference between a New York City garment district bookkeeper and a Supreme Court Justice? Just one generation.”

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a daughter of Jewish immigrants, shared these words in 2004 at a celebration of the 350th anniversary of...

  • Praying over the Supreme Court’s health care decision

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 28, 2012 | 9:31 am

    As I suspect everyone knows, the big news this morning was the Supreme Court upheld Affordable Care Act as constitutional. Well, everyone except for CNN. You can read the full opinion here (PDF).

    Based on pictures and comments, it was quite the scene outside 1 First Street as...

  • Justice Souter to retire; Jewish woman among likely replacements

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 1, 2009 | 12:38 am

    Supreme Court Justice David Souter, who joined the nation’s highest court in 1990, plans to retire at the end of the current court term. From NPR:

    At 69, Souter is nowhere near the oldest member of the court. In fact, he is in the younger half of the court’s age range, with five...

  • Jews Face Awkward Court Fight Position

    By James D. Besser

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The political brawl over the replacement for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who announced her resignation last week, could be the most bitter since Justice Clarence Thomas' 1991 confirmation battle.

    And that free-for-all, which liberals and conservatives alike predict...

  • O’Connor Played Key Church-State Role

    By Matthew E. Berger

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The modern-day legal guidelines on how religion fits into the American public square have largely been the creation of one woman: Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

    The U.S. Supreme Court has been fiercely divided for a quarter-century, with four justices opposing religious...