Associate Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis, Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

The Passing Of Ruth Bader Ginsberg – The First Jewish Woman To Serve In The U.S. Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsberg with former President Bill Clinton at a Clinton Foundation event.

In 1916, Associate Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis became the first Jewish man to serve in the United States Supreme Court, after President Woodrow Wilson appointed him. Justice Dembitz served in the nation’s highest court until 1939.

On September 18, 2020, the first day of Roshana (the Jewish New Year), the first Jewish woman, to serve as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, passed away. Ever since President Clinton nominated and the U.S. Senate confirmed Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she has been a consistent liberal vote in the court. Despite her legal disagreements with the Catholic Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia, Justice Gingsburg and Justice Scalia maintain led a friendship during their time in court.

Author’s Note:

In 2016, the author Philip Andrew Hamilton sat on an oral argument for a pending U.S. Supreme Court case in which Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was present. Later that year, Philip Andrew Hamilton got to sit in a room with fifty other Congress’s interns and ask Associate Justice Scalia a question whether or not he, “Believed in freedom of religion or freedom from religion” regarding the displaying of crosses on public lands.

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