PROGRAM DETAILS

The Jewish Justices

Instructor
Burton Atkins
Category
Jewish Culture & History / Law
FPL12112

Course Description

When President Wilson appointed Louis Dembitz Brandeis to the United States Supreme Court in 1916, it was the first time that a Jew would have the honor of serving on the nation’s highest court. Since then, eight Jewish justices have been appointed to the Supreme Court out of the 113 that have served since 1789 and currently three of the nine justices are Jewish. This presentation will examine the contribution made to American law and government by these eight jurists. It will explore their pathway to the high bench, some of the cases in which they participated, and especially some of the opinions they wrote that have become part of the fabric of American jurisprudence.

About the Instructor

  • Burton Atkins, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Florida State University (FSU). Currently, he teaches political science at FAU and also serves on the faculty at Penn State University. In his 35-year career at FSU, Atkins taught a variety of courses on, and wrote extensively about, constitutional law and U.S. politics and served as chair of the political science department. He lived in London from 1992 to 1997 while serving as the Director of FSU's London Study Center and from 1997 until his retirement in 2006 he served as Director of the FSU International Affairs Program.