Louis Brandeis (1856-1941)
He was the first Jew to be a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. A successful Boston lawyer, Brandeis distinguished himself by investigating insurance practices and by establishing Massachusetts savings-bank insurance. In Muller v. Oregon (1908) he persuaded the Supreme Court that minimum-hours legislation for women was reasonable and not unconstitutional with a brief primarily consisting of statistical, sociological, economic, and physiological information. This Brandeis brief, as it came to be called, revolutionized the practice of law. He formulated the economic doctrine of the New Freedom that Woodrow Wilson adopted in his 1912 presidential campaign. Wilson appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1916.
- 1920 circa 5 years
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