Brandeis alumni join the US Supreme Court bar

University honors 14 alumni at swearing-in ceremony in Washington

Photo/Rodney Lamkey, Jr.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addresses the Brandeis alumni who were just sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court bar.

Fourteen Brandeis University alumni were in Washington, D.C. on June 1 to be sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court bar.

Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence, who has been a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar since 1993, welcomed the alumni to the nation’s highest court. This marked the fourth year that Brandeis has sponsored the swearing-in ceremony, a tradition started by Lawrence.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, H’96, stopped by the ceremony to greet the group, and Ginsburg stayed on to answer some questions.

Lawrence presented each justice with a copy of “Lincoln and the Jews: A History,” a new book co-authored by Jonathan D. Sarna, ’75, MA’75, the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis. Frank Brandeis Gilbert, the grandson of the university namesake Louis D. Brandeis, an associate justice of the Supreme Court from 1916-1939, was in attendance.

While at the Supreme Court, the group attended the reading of four opinions, including the court’s 8-1 decision in favor of a Muslim woman who was denied a job at a clothing store chain because her headscarf violated the company’s “Look Policy.”

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