Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court

From Brandeis to Kagan — Their Lives and Legacies

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Author: David G. Dalin

Series: Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life

“Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court” examines the lives, legal careers and legacies of the eight Jews who have served or who currently serve as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Elena Kagan. David Dalin discusses the relationship that these Jewish justices have had with the presidents who appointed them, and given the judges’ Jewish background, investigates the anti-Semitism some of the justices encountered in their ascent within the legal profession before their appointment, as well as the role that anti-Semitism played in the attendant political debates and Senate confirmation battles. Other topics and themes include the changing role of Jews within the American legal profession and the views and judicial opinions of each of the justices on freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the death penalty, the right to privacy, gender equality and the rights of criminal defendants, among other issues.

Subject: Jewish Studies

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