Louis Brandeis was born in 1856. He graduated from Harvard Law School
in 1877 and became a lawyer
. He became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
in 1916 and served there until 1939.
He constantly argued against financial and industrial monopoly and was a driving force in Woodrow Wilson's doctrine of New Freedom. His Brandeis Brief revolutionized the way that law is practiced.
When he was appointed by Wilson in 1916, there was fierce opposition from anti-semites since Brandeis would become the first jewish Supreme Court justice.
He frequently dissented from the majority with his friend, Oliver Wendell Holmes. He was admired by many, sometimes referred to as the "people's attorney" for fighting against big business.
Brandeis University is named after him. His writings include Other People's Money, and Business, a Profession. For more of his writings, check out Alfred Lief, ed., The Social and Economic Views of Mr. Justice Brandeis; O. K. Fraenkel, ed., The Curse of Bigness ; Solomon Goldman, ed., The Words of Justice Brandeis.
Many of his letters are also available in different editions.