Odds and Ends January 2010


It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I haven’t found of anything to write about.  Here are some brief snippets that I don’t feel like writing whole entries about.

The accolades for Mel Urofsky’s biography continue to roll in.  In December, the New York Times named Louis D. Brandeis: A Life as one of the 100 notable books of 2009.  Now it’s won 2009 Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award. Check out the press release.

Speaking of books, the New York Times recently mentioned that Supreme Court historian Jeffrey Rosen is working on his own book about Brandeis. No word, though, on when it will be coming out.

The latest issue of the Journal of Supreme Court History has another Brandeis related article. One of Brandeis’ most famous Supreme Court opinions was Erie Railroad v. Tompkins, 304 US 64, which overruled Swift v. Tyson, 41 US 1. Tony A. Freyer’s “Swift and Erie: The Trials of an Ephemeral Landmark Case” presents a new look at the two cases by delving into the court records of the cases that led to Swift. Unfortunately, like all Journal of Supreme Court History articles, this article is not available online, so if you want to see it, you’ll have to hunt down a paper copy of the journal.

And finally, guess who Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s favorite judge of all time is?

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