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Melvin Urofsky's New Biography of Louis Brandeis

, Battelle-Tompkins Atrium

Updated 10/5/09

Historian in Residence Mel Urofsky Introduces his hew biography of Louis D. Brandeis

On October 14, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. the distinguished constitutional historian (and American University historian in residence) Melvin Urofsky will give a talk in the Battelle Tompkins Atrium on Louis D. Brandeis: A Life (Pantheon, 2009), his new biography of the Supreme Court Justice.

One of the most important figures in American legal history, Brandeis helped invent the modern law firm with its collection of specialists in different areas of the law. He pioneered, among other innovations, the idea of pro bono legal practice. An economist and expert on banking and business consolidation, he was a driving force behind such progressive era reforms as the Federal Reserve Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act and the Federal Trade Commission. He is credited with being the first to incorporate empirical data into his arguments, rather than relying solely on precedent and legal theory, the so-called "Brandeis Brief."

The first full-scale biography of Brandeis in twenty-five years, Urofsky's new book has been described as "a comprehensive biography of an American legal giant [that is] likely to become the standard biography...An authoritative, impressive assessment of a man whose legal reasoning continues to influence our republic." See New York Times review.

Urofsky, whose talk is cosponsored by the Department of History, the Jewish Studies Program, the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law, has written, edited, or co-edited more than forty books, and is professor of law and public policy at Virginia Commonwealth, where he also directed the Center for Public Policy.

CAS Dean Peter Starr will deliver welcoming remarks. Comments will be offered following Professor Urofsky's talk by Professors Jamie Raskin and Steve Vladeck of AU's Washington College of Law.
Type:
Lecture/Speaker
Host:
History
Co-hosts:
Jewish Studies
School of Public Affairs
Washington College of Law

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