Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan

October 15, 2018
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Rabbi David G. Dalin, Senior Research Fellow, Brandeis University; Michael I. Krauss, Professor of Law, George Mason University.

Moderated by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, Princeton University

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan: Their Lives and Legacies, is the first history of the eight Jewish men and women who have served or who currently serve as Justices of the Supreme Court, Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan. Dr. David Dalin discusses the lives, legal and judicial careers and Jewish legacies of each of these Jewish Justices and examines the antisemitism some of the Justices encountered in their ascent within the legal profession before their appointment, as well as the role that antisemitism did or did not play in their Senate confirmation battles. Dr. Dalin's book was selected as a finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award.

David G. Dalin, an ordained rabbi and a widely-published scholar of American Jewish history and Jewish-Christian relations, is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Brandeis University. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary and George Washington University, and has also been the Taube Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is the author, co-author, or editor of twelve books, including Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience. His most recent book, Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan: Their Lives and Legacies, was a finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award. His articles and book reviews have appeared in many publications, including American Jewish HistoryCommentaryFirst Things, the Weekly Standard, the American Jewish Year Book and the Jewish Review of Books. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University. He received his Rabbinic ordination and a second M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Michael I. Krauss is Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he teaches Torts, Legal Ethics, and Jurisprudence. He has also taught at the law schools of Seattle University, the University of Toronto, the Université de Sherbrooke, the University of Haifa and the Université de Paris/Sorbonne/Panthéon. Hired as a law clerk by Justice Louis-Philippe Pigeon of Canada’s Supreme Court, Professor Krauss practiced corporate law for Québec City’s largest law firm before entering academia. He also served for five years on Québec’s Human Rights Commission. He has served as president of the Virginia Association of Scholars and on the Board of Governors of the Education Section of the Virginia State Bar, where he is currently a member of the Legal Education Task Force. He was elected to full membership in the American Law Institute in 2008. Professor Krauss was a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton in 2010. He co-authored the first two editions of Legal Ethics in a Nutshell (2003 and 2006), the third forthcoming in December 2018. His Principles of Products Liability was first published by West in 2011, with the second edition appearing in 2014; the third edition is forthcoming. He earned his B.A. from Carleton University, his J.D. summa cum laude from the Université de Sherbrooke, and his LL.M. from Yale Law School.


Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan


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The Bouton Law Lecture Fund

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