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Law school, postal service celebrate Louis D. Brandeis

by UofL Today last modified Nov 13, 2009 12:32 PM

The University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law and the United States Postal Service celebrated the life and contributions of Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis Nov. 13 on the 153rd anniversary of his birth.

Brandeis is included in a new set of commemorative stamps honoring four Supreme Court justices. The set was unveiled first before the U.S. Supreme Court in September.

A U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1916-1939, he was known as "The People's Attorney" and for his efforts to create a more just society.

Some of the principles he's remembered for - including rights to privacy, free speech, curtailing big government and big business, balancing regulation with free enterprise - are still timely today, said law professor Laura Rothstein.

Congressman John Yarmuth, who spoke at the event, said that Brandeis' beliefs on ideals such as free speech and the law still resonate with Americans.

"We're proud our city has been home to people who have changed the world," Yarmuth said of the Louisville native.

Those in attendance munched doughnuts, one of Brandeis' favorite foods, saw a large replica of the stamp and purchased stamps and some of the 153 commemorative envelopes made for the occasion. UofL artist-in-residence Leslie Friesen designed the envelopes, which feature images of the Brandeis School of Law, a Brandeis quote and a  special post mark.

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