Reason and Passion: Justice Brennan's Enduring Influence

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - Law - 328 pages
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During his thirty-four years as a member of the Supreme Court, Justice William J. Brennan played a role in shaping American justice and society that is equaled by few others. Holding to his belief that the Constitution must be interpreted with equal parts of "reason and passion," Justice Brennan created a legacy of decisions, opinions, and dissents of remarkable importance in the protection of the dignity of the individual. His contributions include the one-person, one-vote doctrine, a guarantee of equal rights for women, the Roe v. Wade decision, a revolution in journalism (New York Times v. Sullivan), and slowing the proliferation of the death penalty the longest string of sustained dissents in history.Essays describing Justice Brennan's life and work are contributed by Tom Wicker, Anthony Lewis, Alan Dershowitz, Lani Guinier, David J. Garrow, Anna Quindlen, Nat Hentoff, David Halberstam, Derrick Bell, Laurence Tribe, Charles Ogletree, and others including six Supreme Court justices. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist provides a foreword to the volume, and Justice Brennan himself has contributed a piece reflecting on his remarkable tenure.
 

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Contents

Preface E JOSHUA ROSENKRANZ AND BERNARD SCHWARTZ
9
Setting the Stage
15
The Common Man as Uncommon Man DAVID HALBERSTAM
22
How Justice Brennan Changed America BERNARD SCHWARTZ
31
Civil Liberties
43
Free but Not Exceptional ANTHONY LEWIS
53
JEFFREY ROSEN
64
Freedom of Association ROBERT L CARTER
73
Judicial Redress for Police Misconduct STUART TAYLOR JR
170
Court Architect of Gender RUTH BADER GINSBURG AND
185
Racial Realism in Retrospect DERRICK BELL
199
LANI GUINIER AND
207
One Person One Vote PAMELA S KARLAN
223
Legacy to the Poor TONY MAURO
233
Administrative Law STEPHEN G BREYER
245
JEFFREY TOOBIN
257

ROBERT F DRINAN S J
81
NATHAN LEWIN
87
DAVID J GARROW
105
The Family and Responses of the Heart ANNA QUINDLEN
117
The Doctrine of LAURENCE H TRIBE
123
The Tireless Warrior CHARLES J OGLETREE JR
135
Fragile Liberty NAT HENTOFF
143
ALAN M DERSHOWITZ
150
The Great Writ BRYAN STEVENSON
162
Federalism the Great Design LYLE DENNISTON
263
Opening the Courthouse Door HERMAN SCHWARTZ
275
Universal Values and International Law JEROME J SHESTACK
285
Justice Brennans Place in Legal History DAVID H SOUTER
299
The Yardstick for Us All ROBERTA COOPER RAMO
310
The View from a Distant Vantage Point BRIAN WALSH
317
Justice Brennans Influence on His HARRY A BLACKMUN
326
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Bernard Schwartz is a professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law.

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