Brandeis and the Progressive Constitution
After an introduction by Justice Souter, Professor Purcell discussed his book, Brandeis and the Progressive Constitution: Erie, the Judicial Power, and the Politics of the Federal Courts in Twentieth-Century America, published by Yale University Press. The book is about former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and his effect on the Court in the early-to-mid 20th century. The author focused on Brandeis' opinion in the 1938 landmark case, Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins, which caused a shift of power from federal to state courts. He examined Brandeis' jurisprudence, how it differed from that of the other justices at the time, and its effect on democracy and the courts. close
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Edward Purcell Jr. Professor New York Law School
Leon Silverman President Supreme Court Historical Society
David H. Souter Associate Justice U.S. Supreme Court
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