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Amram Scholar Series Presents: Brad Snyder

Democratic Justice: Felix Frankfurter, the Supreme Court, and the Making of the Liberal Establishment

Sunday December 11, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Hybrid – Temple

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WHC welcomes Brad Snyder to the Amram Scholar Series on Sunday, December 11 at Temple.

This lecture will also be available by livestream by visiting our streaming page.

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This lecture is sponsored by the Leo & Elizabeth Goodman Public Issues Endowment Fund

About the Book

Demo­c­ra­t­ic Jus­tice is the defin­i­tive biog­ra­phy of Felix Frank­furter, Supreme Court jus­tice and cham­pi­on of twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry Amer­i­can lib­er­al democ­ra­cy. Frank­furter, an Aus­tri­an-Jew­ish immi­grant, arrived in the Unit­ed States at age eleven not able to speak a word of Eng­lish. By age twen­ty-six, he had befriend­ed for­mer pres­i­dent Theodore Roo­sevelt, and by age fifty was one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s most trust­ed advis­ers. He became the third Jew­ish U.S. Supreme Court jus­tice, and a lead­ing Zion­ist. As a jus­tice, he hired the first African Amer­i­can law clerk and helped the Court achieve una­nim­i­ty in out­law­ing racial­ly seg­re­gat­ed schools in ​Brown v. Board of Edu­ca­tion.” He fought for a Jew­ish state at the 1919 Paris Peace Con­fer­ence, saved his uncle from a Nazi prison in Vien­na after the Anschluss, and he and his allies per­suad­ed Har­ry Tru­man to be the first world leader to rec­og­nize the State of Israel.

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About the Author

Brad Sny­der is a pro­fes­sor of con­sti­tu­tion­al law and twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry Amer­i­can legal his­to­ry at George­town Uni­ver­si­ty Law Cen­ter. In addi­tion to his legal schol­ar­ship, he has writ­ten for Politi­co, Slate, and the Wash­ing­ton Post. He lives on Capi­tol Hill in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.



Sunday, December 11


10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Hybrid – Temple


Adult Ed, Amram, Lecture


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