Supreme Court

7:05 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Melvin Urofsky on Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.
Credit The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Author and professor Melvin Urofsky discusses his definitive biography, Louis D. Brandeis: A Life.

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Memphis Moments
5:50 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Abe Fortas

Associate Justice Abe Fortas

Abe Fortas may be the only Supreme Court Justice whose first career was in a dance band. The son of Jewish immigrants from England, Fortas grew up on Pontotoc Street in downtown Memphis. His father encouraged him to play the violin, and, by thirteen, he was playing in a dance band called “the Blue Medley Boys.”

The young sensation, nicknamed “Fiddlin' Abe,” earned enough to supplement his college scholarship at Southwestern University, today's Rhodes College. His passion for music and the arts remained with him throughout his life.

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