H.Res. 905: Recognizing the 70th anniversary of the retirement of Justice Louis D. Brandeis from the United States Supreme Court

H.Res. 905

Recognizing the 70th anniversary of the retirement of Justice Louis D. Brandeis from the United States Supreme Court

Sponsor
Rep. John A. Yarmuth

Date
December 16, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.Res. 905 is expected to be considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) on November 16, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 905 resolves that, "That the House of Representatives recognizes the 70th anniversary of Justice Louis D. Brandeis's retirement from the United States Supreme Court and the significant contribution he made in United States Supreme Court jurisprudence; and directs the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make available enrolled copies of this resolution to the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law for appropriate display."

Background

Louis D. Brandeis, born in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 13, 1856, led a career as a practicing lawyer helping to create the pro bono tradition in the United States becoming known as the "people's lawyer". Justice Brandeis was nominated an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by appointment of President Woodrow Wilson and confirmed by the United States Senate in 1916 as the first Jewish Justice of the Supreme Court. He contributed to constitutional jurisprudence, particularly in the areas of free speech, right to privacy, labor relations, and women's suffrage. Justice Brandeis resigned from the Supreme Court 70 years ago in 1939.