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Louis Brandeis

Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Makes History For Waiting The Longest For Confirmation

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics

Merrick Garland is set to officially make Supreme Court history this week ― not for something he did, but for something others haven’t done. As of...

Supreme Court Nominations in an Election Year and the Anarchists in the Senate

Paul Finkelman | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Paul Finkelman

One wonders what Justice Kennedy thinks of the behavior of Senator McConnell and his colleagues? Does he cringe at the notion that he would not have his job if the Democrats had acted this way in 1988?

Justice Ginsburg at the Centennial of Justice Brandeis' nomination to the Supreme Court: the Notorious RBG meets the Notorious LDB

Frederick M. Lawrence | Posted 02.05.2017 | Education
Frederick M. Lawrence

For any one of these aspects of the life of Louis Brandeis -- lawyer, scholar, justice -- we would remember him today as a figure of insight, brilliance, creativity, and moral courage. The combination renders him an extraordinary figure in the practice of law, legal scholarship, judicial craftsmanship and jurisprudence, and civic activism on both a national and international scale.

A Century Ago, Louis Brandeis Beat Big Business and Anti-Semites, and Revitalized American Democracy

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.28.2017 | Politics
Peter Dreier

"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few," Louis Brandeis wrote, "but we can't have both."

The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compliant Citizens

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Free speech is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for those who are easily offended, readily intimidated or who need everything wrapped in a neat ...

Antisemitism and the Brandeis Confirmation

Paul Finkelman | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Paul Finkelman

Co-authored with Lance J. Sussman, Ph. D., Senior Rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel and member of the Executive Board of the American Jewis...

Hey Stupid... The Media Are Watching

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 09.24.2016 | Business
Chris Komisarjevsky

Deceit, greed or just plain stupidity, there's no place to run or hide. A reporter or blogger is surely going to be there with a keyboard, camera or microphone.

Brands, Reputation and Passion

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Chris Komisarjevsky

Reeling from the tragedy and dealing with questions that may never be fully answered, Fernandes responded with passion and caring and found the courage to use a word that we rarely hear from a CEO: "love."

Sigma Alpha Epsilon v. United States

Francis Levy | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Francis Levy

The first amendment is really the first cause of American life. It's America's raison d'etre. It was the liberal ACLU who defended the Nazis in Skokie. How free speech issues make strange bed fellows!

The Minimum Wage Shows Why (and How) We Should Vote Today

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In this age of do-nothing politics, it's easy to despair, but we must remember the intent behind the design. The same founding fathers who created a federal system that resists radical change also created a state system that encourages experimentation.

Jeopardy for Both: When a Private Converation Is Taped

Joel Cohen | Posted 07.23.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

The dust has begun to settle about Donald Sterling and his strange (is there another word?) "girlfriend," V. Stiviano, although one is not sure we know more now than when this episode began. But what lessons can we learn from the spectacle they -- and it is they -- have caused?

Laboratories-of-the-States: The Good... and the Bad

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Will a few states rule the United States? Or fundamentally change it? And if so, who are the winners and losers? Depending on your point of view, this "laboratory-of-the-states" business is good news today... or not.

The 3 Things Scalia Gets Wrong

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia got a lot of attention for his colorful interview with New York magazine on Sunday. While most of his claims were...

Why Gay Marriage May Hinge on One Footnote

William D. Blake | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
William D. Blake

To a lot of people, it may seem downright strange that a Supreme Court justice is asking how social scientists would project the impact of their potential ruling. As a social scientist myself, I find this an interesting phenomenon, of which there is quite a history.

Memo to Governor Romney: The Constitution Is Not a Conservative Document

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

While the stewardship of the U.S. economy, jobs, health care, immigration, and foreign policy are all important considerations in this year's election, the safeguarding of constitutional rights for all Americans is at least as critical.

The State of America's Children 2012

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

When we look at the state of our union and the state of America's children in 2012, it's impossible to deny that our nation's economy, professed values of equal opportunity, future, and soul are all in danger right now.

Saul Alinsky Elementary School? How We Honor America's Radicals and Reformers

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A society that really wants to celebrate the life of an important figure -- to keep his or her memory alive in our collective psyche -- must do so publicly and permanently.

Are We Now a One-Party System?

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The Progressive Republican Party of Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln is long dead and buried. For the past 40 years, their crude replacements have conducted an unrelenting assault on our nation's democracy, values, humanity and rights.

Occupy, Obama and Buffett

Richard Brodsky | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

In spite of all the idiocies and unfairness, in spite of the impact of corporate wealth on campaigns and public opinion, elected leaders still have the capacity to translate mass movements into things that people can vote for.

Supreme Court Scandals

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Sadly for America, there is far too much money, and far too little sunlight, in a government that most voters believe, correctly, is corrupted by money that buys democracy in the dark.

The 50 Most Influential Progressives of the 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day. Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history.

Why Louis Brandeis Matters: Supreme Court Justice Fought Oligarchy, 'Bigness'

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During the past hundred years, [The New Republic] has continued to champion the principles that made Brandeis the greatest constitutional philosopher ...

A History of Jewish Appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court

Steven L. Pease | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven L. Pease

Since Louis Brandeis was the 67th Supreme Court justice named court's history, one might argue it was not really statistically overdue -- Jews did not represent even 2.2 percent of the population until 1910.