Archive for the ‘Harlan’ Category

As the archivist for the John Marshall Harlan papers here at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, I will, from time to time, be contacted by someone wanting to know if we have anything relating to Harlan’s famous dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson. These researchers invariably end up disappointed. Harlan did […]


I recently posted about the “New Brandeis Movement,” a collective of economists and antitrust lawyers who are arguing for a return to the idea that the dangers of trusts and monopolies was more than just a rise in consumer prices. If that movement can be said to have a manifesto, it would have to be […]


This is a semi-sequel to an earlier post that was written in response to the publication of Clare Cushman’s Table For 9: Supreme Court Food Traditions & Recipes. I probably should have put more thought in the title, because while this post does talk about food and recipes, it doesn’t really talk about eating habits […]


While going through the John Marshall Harlan papers here at the University of Louisville, I stumbled across a typewritten transcript of an old Kentucky newspaper article describing a debate between Harlan and William Elliott Simms as they competed for the Congressional seat for the Ashland district in Kentucky. Harlan described his campaign against Simms in […]


The Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville had a big week last month. Every year or so, the law school awards the Brandeis Medal to individuals whose lives and work demonstrate a commitment to “the ideals of individual liberty, concern for the disadvantaged and public service.” This year’s recipient was […]


I have just discovered a rash of Louis D. Brandeis and John Marshall Harlan related articles. Here is a quick run down of them. Mel Urofsky has penned an article related to the upcoming nomination of a successor to Justice Scalia that has been reprinted in a number of newspaper. He argues that Brandeis was […]


Melvin Urofsky, author of Louis D. Brandeis: A Life and many other books and articles about Brandeis, has just published a new book. Titled Dissent and the Supreme Court, it is a look at how Supreme Court dissents helped form a dialogue throughout history that shaped how the Constitution is interpreted. I haven’t had a […]