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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Louis Brandeis inspired my work for women’s rights

    2 weeks ago

    One hundred years to the day of the nomination of Louis D. Brandeis to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg paid tribute to the first Jewish justice at a program at the university that bears his name.

    At Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, on Thursday,...

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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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...

  • Brandeis: The first Jewish jurist named to the Supreme Court

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    2 weeks ago

    Exactly 100 years have passed since the first Jewish jurist was named to the Supreme Court.  Until the nomination of Louis Brandeis to the high court by President Woodrow Wilson on Jan. 28, 1916, all nine seats had always been occupied by white, Anglo-Saxon males, almost all of...

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  • Could we live without the Supreme Court?

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    November 12, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    Anyone who has the opportunity to chat with Erwin Chemerinsky, as I recently did, will find him a gracious, affable and reasonable person — a real mensch. But if you read his latest book, “The Case Against the Supreme Court” (Viking), you will discover that he is capable of taking...

  • U.S. Supreme Court divided on Jerusalem passport case

    November 3, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared closely divided as it weighed the constitutionality of a law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.

    The case concerns the longstanding U.S. policy that the...

  • White supremacist executed for 1977 synagogue killing

    November 20, 2013 | 11:56 am

    A white supremacist was executed in Missouri for killing a man at a St. Louis-area synagogue in 1977.

    Joseph Paul Franklin, 63, was executed early Wednesday morning for the sniper shooting of Gerald Gordon, who was killed outside of the Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel synagogue in...

  • U.S. Supreme Court will hear appeal on Jerusalem passport

    May 2, 2011 | 10:35 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court said it will hear the appeal of a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem whose parents want Israel listed as his country of birth on his passport.

    The court agreed Monday to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the...

  • Supreme Court upholds state tuition tax credit program

    April 6, 2011 | 3:34 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge to an Arizona tuition tax credit program that benefits parochial schools, with all three Jewish justices dissenting.

    The court on Monday threw out a lawsuit against the program, which provides tax credits to those who donate...

  • Jewish groups change tack on Supreme Court cases

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With hot-button domestic issues not expected to play a major role in the new U.S. Supreme Court session, Jewish groups are entering the fray over the right of judicial review for foreign detainees.

    Several Jewish organizations have filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief in...

  • Jews Note Role in Historic School Case

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Esther Swirk Brown wasn't the Brown for whom the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case desegregating schools is named -- but she is the Jewish woman who helped find Oliver Brown, no relation, to be the lead plaintiff in the historic case.

    As a young woman in Kansas, Esther Brown was...

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