Justice Louis Brandeis

A native of Louisville, Brandeis became one of the most celebrated justices in the history of the United States Supreme Court. After graduating from Harvard University, he practiced law in Massachusetts and is often credited for helping establish the “right to privacy” concept for his writings for the Harvard Law Review. He was often regarded as the “People’s Lawyer” because of his devotion to working on cases – often without pay – that involved progressive social issues. He was one of the first attorneys to establish the now-common use of expert testimony from people in other professions to support his case. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson nominated him to the high court where he continued “his abiding concern for the rights of individuals.” During his 23 years on the bench, Justice Brandeis helped draft what legal scholars still consider to be some of the truly “great defenses” of freedom of speech and the right to privacy ever to be handed down by the Supreme Court. For more information about Justice Brandeis, click here.

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