In January 1916, when Democratic president Woodrow Wilson made his historic nomination of Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1846 – 1941) to the Supreme Court, the Senate confirmation hearings lasted for four months. It was one of the most contentious Senate confirmation hearings in American history.
Much of the opposition was pure anti-Semitism, including from Harvard president A. Lawrence Lowell, who later pushed for quotas on Jewish students. Former president and future chief justice William Howard Taft opposed Brandeis not out of anti-Semitism, but because he considered Brandeis a Socialist.
The controversy surrounding Brandeis’s nomination was so great that the Senate Judiciary Committee, for the first time in its history, held a public hearing on the nomination, allowing citizens to offer testimony both in support of and in opposition to Brandeis’s confirmation. Previous nominees to SCOTUS had been confirmed or rejected by a simple up-or-down vote on the Senate floor, usually on the same day on which the President had sent the nomination to the Senate.
Brandeis was ultimately confirmed, beginning a tradition of a “Jewish seat” on the court, a sign that Jews could overcome the anti-Semitism that was an obstacle in the legal profession for much of the 20th century.
Brandeis served on the Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Jewish immigrant parents from what is now in the Czech Republic. who raised him in a secular home.
He attended Harvard Law School, graduating at 20-years-old with the highest grade point average in the law school’s history. You know who else went to Harvard Law? Barack Hussein Obama II, the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. You know where the current president went to law school? He didn’t. He couldn’t go to Harvard because he had bone spurs. I believe Donald J. Trump attended Absorbine Jr. College where he majored in Corruption with a minor in Grifting. He was expelled for lurking in the women’s changing room and cheating on his final exams.
Trump and Brandeis do have something is common: They both have universities named for them. Brandeis University is located on a beautiful 235-acre campus just outside of Boston. It is global hub for higher education and innovation. Trump University is run from a basement in Queens. The dean of the school is a fat Russian who works in his underwear, bilking hard working people out of their life-savings.
Brandeis founded a law firm, that is still in practice today: Nutter McClennen & Fish. He is noted for his work on progressive social causes. Brandeis was a reformer nicknamed ”The People’s Attorney”. He had a lengthy career as a public advocate for the Right of Privacy and Freedom of Speech; and against big corporations, monopolies and mass consumerism.