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October 28, 2009

National Archives Hosts Panel Discussion on Louis Brandeis November 19

Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the Law and the 21st Century

Washington, DC…On Thursday, November 19, at 7 P.M., the National Archives will present a panel discussion entitled “Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the Law and the 21st Century.” This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building, which is fully accessible.

Melvin Urofsky, author of Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, and a distinguished panel will discuss Brandeis’s story and his continuing impact on American society. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times, will moderate. Panelists include Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the FTC; Thomas L. Ambro, Third Circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals; and Maeva Marcus, director of the Graduate Institute for Constitutional History. A book signing of Louis D. Brandeis: A Life will follow the program, and the book can be purchased in advance at a discount by calling the Archives Shop at 202-357-5271. This event is presented in partnership with the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center.

As a Supreme Court justice (1916–1939), Louis D. Brandeis tried to reconcile the developing powers of modern government and society with the maintenance of individual liberties and opportunities for personal development. He developed the modern jurisprudence of free speech and laid the basis for a constitutionally protected right to privacy. Brandeis helped draft the Federal Reserve Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, and the law establishing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The National Archives Building is located at Constitution and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. For more information on National Archives programs, the public should call the Public Programs Line at: 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call 202- 357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-357-5300.

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