Brandeis Documentary Has Premiere at Law School

A new documentary about Justice Brandeis had its premiere at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law on November 13, 2008. It also ran all day, November 14. The documentary was commissioned by Savings Bank Life Insurance Company in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of its creation, 1907-2007 and was produced by Stuart Television Productions. The program will air on PBS On January 8, 2008 at 9:00 p.m..

The documentary, Justice Louis D. Brandeis: The People's Attorney, celebrates Brandeis' commitment to public service and was produced by Charles Stuart, recipient of six national Emmys, two Duponts, and various other national awards for producing, investigative reporting, and writing. Charles Stuart visited the law school and photographed many of the papers, photographs and other documents in the Brandeis Papers collection. He consulted with Kurt Metz­meier and Scott Campbell about the collection and interviewed Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport and Laura Rothstein for the documentary. Charles Tachau, '48, grandson of Alfred Brandeis (brother of Louis Brandeis) provided addi­tional family photographs. Appreciation is also expressed to David Ensign, acting dean in 2006, for his support of the project.

The creation of the Savings Bank Life Insurance Company in 1907 was made possible by the legislative groundwork laid by Brandeis. It allowed for sav­ings banks to provide life insurance, and it was in response to the abuses of the life insurance companies of the time. At least one biographer has re­ferred to this as what Brandies considered his greatest achievement. Alfred Lief, Brandeis: The Personal History of an American Ideal 105 (1936).

The documentary will be aired on KET1 on January 8, 2008, at 9 pm. It will air on KET2 on January 14 at 10 pm.

About Louis D. Brandeis

Louis D. Brandeis was born on November 13, 1856, in Louisville, Kentucky. His earliest memories are of his mother serving food to Union soldiers in his front yard. He left Louisville at age 16 and later graduated from Harvard Law School, had a brilliant career as a practicing lawyer and advocate on behalf of numerous public causes, and became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1916, at age 60. He resigned from the Court in 1939, and died in 1941. He chose the University of Louisville's School of Law as the final resting place for his remains. Although he never returned to live in Louisville, family members and their descendants remained in Louisville, and he continued to be connected to his family, to Louisville, to the University of Louisville, and to the Law School. The Law School was renamed the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1997. The Law Library houses the Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941) Papers. The Papers reflect the varied personal and professional interests of a Louisville native, Boston attorney, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. To access a guide to these papers, click here.