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Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policemen.




Louis D. Brandeis, 1856-1941, U. S. Supreme Court Justice, Harpers Weekly, December 20, 1913

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Louis D. Brandeis
Louis D. Brandeis
  • Born: November 13, 1856
  • Died: October 5, 1941
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Judge

Louis Dembitz Brandeis was an American lawyer and associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Jewish immigrant parents from Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic), who raised him in a secular home. He attended Harvard Law School, graduating at the age of 20 with what is widely rumored to be the highest grade average in the law school's history. Brandeis settled in Boston, where he founded a law firm (that is still in practice today as Nutter McClennen & Fish) and became a recognized lawyer through his work on progressive social causes.

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