Justice Louis Brandeis doll

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Title

Justice Louis Brandeis doll

Subject

Dolls for Democracy

Description

Dolls for Democracy portrait doll of Justice Louis Brandeis. White Good haired man in black robes wearing a grey flannel suit underneath, black leather shoes. He wears a shirt and tie- standing on a wooden base- figure leans back. Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941) was a lawyer and the first Jewish justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1916-39); who was known for his liberal views and his dissenting opinions. Brandeis settled in Boston where he became a recognized lawyer through his work on social causes that would benefit society. He helped develop the "right to privacy". He also became active in the Zionist movement, seeing it as a solution to the "Jewish problem" of antisemitism in Europe and Russia, while at the same time being a way to "revive the Jewish spirit." After securing his family's finances, he began devoting his time to public causes and was later dubbed the "People's Lawyer." He insisted on serving on cases without pay so that he would be free to address the wider issues involved. One of his most significant contributions was the "Brandeis Brief," which relied on expert testimony from people in other professions to support cases, thereby setting a new precedent in evidence presentation. In 1916, President Wilson nominated Brandeis to become a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. His nomination was vehimently contested by fellow justices and members of the many corporations who had suffered financially because of Brandeis.

Creator

Cecil (Ruth Bullard) Weeks

Source

Independence, MO

Date

1960 - 1969

Contributor

restorer- Lisa Pepin

Format

Dolls

Type

Portrait

Identifier

2007.001.006

Files

https://www.washingtonjewishmuseum.org/artifacts/Louis-Brandeis.jpg

Collection

Citation

Cecil (Ruth Bullard) Weeks, “Justice Louis Brandeis doll,” Washington Jewish Museum Collection, accessed October 17, 2017, https://collection.washingtonjewishmuseum.org/items/show/32.