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Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. : freedom first

Author: Roger L Goldman; William J Brennan; David Gallen
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Carroll & Graf edView all editions and formats
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Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. sat for thirty-four years on the United States Supreme Court. Throughout his tenure on the Court he meticulously examined the body of Constitutional law - and effectively resuscitated its spirit. A champion of minorities and a spokesman for the politically dispossessed, he passionately defended civil rights and strove to bring the nation's disenfranchised into the mainstream of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: William J Brennan; William J Brennan; William J Brennan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger L Goldman; William J Brennan; David Gallen
ISBN: 0786700696 9780786700691
OCLC Number: 29913380
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 374 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. Reflections on Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. A Life on the Court / Jeffrey T. Leeds. The Playboy Interview / Nat Hentoff. Tribute to the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr. / Byron R. White. A Tribute to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. / Thurgood Marshall. A Tribute to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. / Abner J. Mikva. A Tribute to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. / Nina Totenberg. In Honor of William J. Brennan, Jr. / Daniel J. O'Hern. Justice Brennan / Peter L. Strauss. A Life Lived Twice / Owen Fiss. Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.: A Personal Tribute / William J. Maledon. Recollections of Justice Brennan / Virginia A. Seitz. Dear Boss: A Law Clerk's Tribute to Justice Brennan / E. Joshua Rosenkranz --
pt. II. The Jurisprudence of Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. --
pt. III. The Opinions of Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Goldberg, Commissioner of Social Services of the City of New York v. Kelly et al. Eisenstadt, Sheriff v. Baird. Craig et al. v. Boren, Governor of Oklahoma, et al. Green et al. v. County School Board of New Kent County et al. United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburgh, Inc., et al. v. Carey, Governor of New York, et al. Edwards, Governor of Louisiana, et al. v. Aguillard et al. Sherbert v. Verner et al., Members of South Carolina Employment Security Commission, et al. New York Times Co. v. Sullivan. Paris Adult Theatre 1 et al. v. Slaton, District Attorney, et al. Nebraska Press Assn. et al. v. Stuart, Judge, et al. United States v. Wade. McCleskey v. Kemp, Superintendent, Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center.
Responsibility: Roger Goldman with David Gallen.

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Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. sat for thirty-four years on the United States Supreme Court. Throughout his tenure on the Court he meticulously examined the body of Constitutional law - and effectively resuscitated its spirit. A champion of minorities and a spokesman for the politically dispossessed, he passionately defended civil rights and strove to bring the nation's disenfranchised into the mainstream of American life. He advanced the political empowerment of American cities and suburbs. He essentially wrote the modern law of freedom of speech and the press. Justice Brennan's retirement in 1990 occasioned tributes from a host of associates, former law clerks, attorneys, judges, professors, journalists, and friends. The reflections on Brennan in Part I of this volume provide intimate, often humorous glimpses into a generous, warm, open-hearted man who also happened to be an intellectual giant and outstanding jurist. In Part II the jurisprudence of Justice Brennan is comprehensively surveyed and lucidly discussed by author and Constitutional law professor Roger Goldman. With care he examines - and in layman's terms explains - Brennan's positions on the issues central to the justice's career: the First Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, civil rights, education, abortion, obscenity, and capital punishment. Eloquent, persuasive, and faithful to his vision, Justice Brennan authored more than a thousand opinions, concurrences, and dissents in the course of his judicial career. Part III of the book offers twelve landmark decisions written by Brennan that show clearly why history will place him beside John Marshall, Louis Brandeis, and Oliver Wendell Holmes as one of the truly great justices in the annals of the United States Supreme Court.

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