One hundred years ago on June 1, Louis Brandeis was confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States. As you may or may not already know, the Boston law firm Nutter McClennen & Fish was co-founded by Brandeis and Samuel D. Warren in 1879 under the name Warren & Brandeis. We encourage you to read about what the anniversary means to Nutter today. And while we’re on the subject of Supreme Court justices, we wanted to find out who else has made an impact on those in Nutter’s office.
For this week’s “Voices of the Bar” column, we reached out to attorneys at Nutter to ask:
“Who is your favorite Supreme Court justice?“
Phil Rosenblatt – Nutter McClennen & Fish
“In the context of remembering Justice Brandeis’s ascension to the U.S. Supreme Court, I would have to say that my favorite sitting Supreme Court Justice is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her principled tenacity in standing up for what she firmly believes our laws demand, most notably demonstrated in her work for gender equality and more recently in her insightful questioning at oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, does honor to Justice Brandeis’s principled dedication to individual rights, most notably in his judicial views on each individual’s right to economic opportunity and his views on the right to privacy.”
Eric Magnuson – Nutter McClennen & Fish
“Justice Alito has all the qualities that I admire in a judge, including judicial temperament, intelligence, courage, and integrity. His opinions demonstrate fealty to the Constitution and recognition of the profound importance of the rule of law.”
Sarah Kelly – Nutter McClennen & Fish
“My favorite Supreme Court Justice is Ruth Bader Ginsburg (the Notorious RBG). She’s brilliant and tough as nails, and her work to advance women’s rights is inspirational. I also think the way she has engaged with social media has made her a hero to young people, even those outside of the legal profession.” ”
Ken Berman – Nutter McClennen & Fish
“In 1963, when he wrote that that the “government must always be accountable to the judiciary for a man’s imprisonment,” Justice William Brennan earned my enduring admiration. Brennan was speaking about the critical importance of habeas corpus as an ultimate means of ensuring that criminal convictions pass constitutional muster. Today, the writ of habeas corpus often provides little relief due to Congressional action and Supreme Court rulings, but Brennan hewed closely to what the Framers understood was a vital ingredient of American criminal justice, echoing the values in Justice Louis Brandeis’ inspiring 1928 dissent in Olmstead v. United States.”
Robyn Maguire – Nutter McClennen & Fish
“I admire Ruth Bader Ginsburg, not only for her strong voice in matters of consensus on the Court, but also for her bravery in expressing the lone dissenting view when she believes the Constitution requires otherwise. Consensus is important, but the ability to eloquently disagree is also a virtue that deserves respect.”
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