Archive for the ‘brandeis’ Category

One of the issues that Brandeis was most concerned with during his life was the harmful effect that trusts and monopolies had on American society. His most famous quote “We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both” can apply to corporations as […]


I have just received word that Alice Brandeis Popkin, Louis D. Brandeis’s only granddaughter, died on July 18, 2018. According to my sources, she passed away peacefully in her sleep, shortly after a harp recital that was performed in her room. Alice was the daughter of Brandeis’s daughter, Susan, and her husband Jack Gilbert. She […]


I received a nice surprise last week. I went on a tour of the University of Louisville’s archives, and Carrie Daniels, the head archivist, had something on display she thought would interest me: two casebooks owned by Brandeis while he was at Harvard Law School. I was surprised because I had no idea they existed. […]


The hardest part of doing any research is knowing when to stop. I figured after spending more than 10 years preparing for my book The Quotable Brandeis, I figured I had performed due diligence. Still, I was afraid I would continue to find quotes and, of course, I was right. Plus, not only were there […]


In a previous post about a memoir Brandeis dictated to his secretary, I wrote about how that secretary, Alice Grady, helped run the public relations campaign for Brandeis after he had been nominated for the Supreme Court. The memoir was part of the information about Brandeis’s personal life that Grady collected for press use. She […]


In November 2016, I traveled to Boston to do some last minute research for my Quotable Brandeis book. While there, I took a train to Waltham to spend the afternoon rooting around the Robert D. Farber University Archive and Special Collections at Brandeis University. I went there in hopes of discovering a few “new” quotes, […]


In 1890, Louis D. Brandeis and his law partner Samuel D. Warren published the article “The Right to Privacy” in the Harvard Law Review. It is one of the most cited law review articles of all time, and Brandeis and Warren are often credited with creating a new legal right. But were they really the […]