Biographical Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court: The Lives and Legal Philosophies of the Justices

Biographical Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court: The Lives and Legal Philosophies of the Justices

by Melvin I. (Irving) Urofsky (Editor)


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The recent dramatic shift in makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court has led to great interest in the rulings and legal opinions of its justices. Now, CQ Press brings you a comprehensive volume that analyzes the lives and legal philosophies of all past and present justices of the Court.

Biographical Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court includes signed essays profiling the men and women who have served and are serving on the U.S. Supreme Court. This one-of-a-kind reference includes not only important biographical information, but also in-depth details of the legal contributions made by the men and women of the nation's highest bench. Keeping up with the recent changes to the Court, this volume includes all current justices. New essays profile Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

Justices are arranged in an easy-to-use alphabetical format. Each essay is prefaced with key biographical information for each justice such as:

  • Birth and death dates
  • Date of nomination to the Court
  • The name of president who nominated the justice
  • The date he or she was seated
  • Date range of service on the Court

Within each essay, written by a top legal expert, scholar, or journalist, Biographical Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court provides facts and context along with analysis of the opinions and legal philosophies for each justice.

This new volume is an updated edition of The Supreme Court Justices: A Biographical Dictionary (1994). It will prove a valuable resource for academic, community college, law school, and public libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604263275
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 05/25/2006
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Melvin I. Urofsky is a professor emeritus of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning his A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. at Columbia University and his J.D. at University of Virginia. Urofsky is the author or editor of more than two dozen books on constitutional law, Supreme Court history, and religious freedoms.

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