Today in Legal History: Brandeis Nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court
On January 28, 1916, President Wilson nominated “the people’s attorney,” Louis D. Brandeis, to the Supreme Court. Brandeis was a legal giant, widely recognized for his weighty influence on the law, his championing of liberal ideals, including the right to privacy, and his creation of the “Brandeis” brief in which factual data was incorporated into legal argument. Brandeis believed in utilizing the law to shape politics, society and economics, and championed many progressive causes. He also became a leader in the Zionist movement and confidante of Franklin Roosevelt.
More information is available at:
- Lewis J. Paper, Brandeis: An Intimate Biography of One of America’s Truly Great Supreme Court Justices, Law Library 4th floor@KF8745.B67P36 1983.
- Phillipa Strum, Brandeis: Beyond Progressivism, Law Library 4th floor@KF8745.B67S77 1993.
- Phillipa Strum (ed.), Brandeis on Democracy, Law Library 4th floor@KF8745.B67A4 1995.