Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Louis Brandeis in 1916, the year he was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Woodrow Wilson. Brandeis wrote the landmark Brandeis Brief, which was the first legal brief in U. S. history to incorporate analysis of factual data, rather than simply arguing legal theory. He would become one of the most influential and respected Supreme Court Justices in U. S. history.

Brandeis' votes and opinions envisioned greater protections for individual rights and greater flexibility for government in economic regulation that would prevail in later courts. Brandeis was succeeded on the court by William O. Douglas, who called Brandeis, "a crusader for social justice."

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