Presidential Nominee Wilson Meets With Progressive Lawyer
Louis Dembitz Brandeis was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1856. He enrolled at Harvard Law School graduating at the age of twenty with the highest grade average in the college’s history. He was appointed law clerk to Horace Gray, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, where he worked for two years. He was admitted to the Massachusetts bar without taking an examination which was “contrary to all principle and precedent.” In Boston, Massachusetts he established a law practice that worked for peoples’ rights and progressive causes. 1889 he pleaded for the first time before the US Supreme Court as the Eastern counsel of the Wisconsin Central Railroad and won. Not long after that, Chief Justice Melville Fuller recommended him to a friend as the best attorney he knew of in the Eastern US. In 1890 he helped develop the concept of “right to privacy” writing a Harvard Law Review article of that title. He published a book entitled “Other People’s Money And How the Bankers Use It”. He feared the power of large banks and would fight against powerful corporations, monopolies, public corruption, and mass consumerism. Brandeis is known as the people’s lawyer. He fights in Boston for the poor, against political corruption and for the betterment of every citizen.