97 years ago, Louis Brandeis was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Woodrow Wilson.
A lawyer and a judge prior to his nomination, he was know as the “Robin Hood of the Law”.
He fought monopolies, big business, and fought to UPhold labor laws and safer working conditions.
Known by many as the people’s lawyer, he volunteered to work on cases without pay.
He helped to establish the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Trade Commission.
He was a public advocate as well.
His nomination was not popular. As a matter of fact, it was bitterly fought by Congress, the media, big business, and many others.
Supreme Court justice, William O. Douglas wrote,”Brandeis was a militant crusader for social justice whoever his opponent might be. He was dangerous not only because of his brilliance, his arithmetic, his courage. He was dangerous because he was incorruptible. . . the fears of the Establishment were greater because Brandeis was the first Jew to be named to the Court.”
His main focus while on the court was right to privacy and freedom of speech. Two of my favorite things!