Louis Brandeis

The first Jewish Supreme Court Justice.

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In 1916 President Wilson appointed Brandeis to the Supreme Court, where he was confirmed despite virulent anti-Semitism and big business lobbyists. He sat on the bench for 23 years, until his retirement in 1939. While on the court his votes and opinions envisioned the greater protections for individual rights and greater flexibility for government in economic regulation.

Louis D. Brandeis died on October 5th, 1941, and his cremated remains are interred under the portico of the Louis Brandeis Law School at the University of Louisville.  

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Tamar Fox

Tamar Fox is an associate editor at MyJewishLearning.com. She has an MFA in fiction writing from Vanderbilt University, and a BA from the University of Iowa. She has worked as the editor of the religion blog at Jewcy.com. She spent a summer as a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, and was a Senior Apprentice Artist for four years at Gallery 37 in Chicago.