Thursday, April 4, 2013


Authors Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel provide a "striking new view of Brennan based on . . . Justice Brennan’s very personal case histories of the major battles that confronted the Supreme Court during the past half century. Roe v. Wade, affirmative action, the death penalty, obscenity law, and the constitutional right to privacy are among the many controversial and hotly-contested big-picture issues covered in the Brennan annals. But they also provide more intimate glimpses of Brennan’s surprising refusal to hire female clerks, even as he wrote groundbreaking opinions relating to women’s rights; the complex tension between his commitment to law and his Catholic beliefs; and new details on his unprecedented working relationship with Chief Justice Earl Warren."

Published in February by the University Press of Kansas. Stern is assistant managing editor at Bloomberg BNA; Wermiel teaches constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law.

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