October 11, 2005
Supreme Court Justices Who Joined the Court from Private Practice
There have been 41 Supreme Court Justices who had no prior judicial experience before joining the Court. They including some of the most influential justices in the history of the Court, such as William Rehnquist, Earl Warren, Robert Jackson, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Louis Brandeis, Salmon P. Chase, Roger Brooke Taney, Joseph Story and John Marshall.
However, only eight of the 41 justices came to the Supreme Court from private practice. Of those eight, only Louis Brandeis left a legacy worth noting.
Is Harriet Miers going to be another Louis Brandeis? The only comparison at hand is that Brandeis was the first Jew on the Court and, if confirmed, Miers will be first Evangelical on the Court.
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