Brandeis celebrates Louis Brandeis

To mark the centennial of Louis D. Brandeis’ appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brandeis University will roll out a semester-long celebration, “Louis D. Brandeis 100: Then and Now,” beginning on Jan. 28, 2016 — 100 years to the day that President Woodrow Wilson nominated Brandeis to the court.

The kickoff event, “Louis D. Brandeis, the Supreme Court and American Democracy,” includes an appearance and remarks by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and a panel discussion moderated by Frederick M. Lawrence, former Brandeis president and professor of politics, and senior research scholar, Yale University Law School. Ralph Gants, chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; Philippa Strum ’59, senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Brandeis biographer; New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin; and Mark Wolf, senior judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, are panelists.

In March and April, the celebration continues with a series of public discussions exploring Justice Brandeis’ lasting relevance in contemporary American society. Panels will consider his views on democracy, citizenship, speech, privacy and “bigness,” as well as the growing diversity of the Supreme Court.

Details on all the centennial events can be found at