This four part series will deal with the four most prominent, and longest serving, Jewish Supreme Court Justices.
WEEK ONE: Louis Brandeis (1916-1939) served on the court for 23 years – 1916 to 1939. After law school he established a law firm in Boston and became a crusader for social justice, often working for free. He fought to rein in the power of big banks, corporate monopolies, and sought to end public corruption. His liberal views and work on behalf of Jews created opposition when he was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.
WEEK TWO: Felix Frankfurter (1939-1962) helped found the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and became an advisor to Franklin D. Roosevelt who advocated progressive ideas in the aftermath of the Great Depression. Once on the court, Frankfurter was regarded as a conservative and advocated judicial restraint.
WEEK THREE: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993-Present) was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton and is considered part of the court’s liberal wing. She has long been an advocate for gender equality and women’s rights. She founded the Women’s Rights Project for the ACLU and was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia before being elevated to the Supreme Court.
WEEK FOUR: Stephen Breyer (1994-Present) was nominated to the Supreme Court by Clinton one year after Ginsberg in 1994. He is known for interpreting the Constitution as a “living document” and makes decisions as such. He was the second-longest-serving junior justice, serving 4,199 days before Justice Samual Alito joined the court in January 2006.
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