William Brenn Dawn Of Modern Justice

1259 WordsApr 11, 20166 Pages
William Brennan: Dawn of Modern Justice Gender equality, freedom of speech, the right to vote. These three things are familiar concepts to the modern American society, but just decades ago, these “basic human rights” were still foreign concepts that remained implied in the American Constitution. One of the major contributors, who crystallized these implications, was a former associate justice of the Supreme Court, William Brennan. Being a “...leader on the supreme court during most of his 34 years of service”, Brennan was critical in the making of many of today’s policies(Patrick 50). Through his many ideals and accomplishments in the areas of individual rights and court processing, which continue to affect society even today, it is…show more content…
The following year, he was admitted to the bar of New Jersey as an attorney of law, and joined the Newark Law Firm of Pitney, Hardin, and Skinner as an associate(“William”). While at the firm, he worked as an active trial lawyer, specialized in the labor law, who was successful in resolving numerous disputes between employees and management. He continued to work in the firm until the beginning of World War II. Accordingly, Brennan served as an officer assigned to the General Staff Courts, U.S, Army, where he was later promoted to the position of colonel. Returning to his law firm in 1945, Brennan became a counselor of law for his state, where he served as a counsel to several large enterprises, representing them in disputes for labor (“William”72). He advocated for compulsory arbitration for labor disagreements that allowed the government to intervene in labor disputes, when they become too serious. Due to its effectiveness, it has been used in his state to this day(“William”72). Though Brennan’s efforts bore much fruit, “[his] responsibilities became so extensive that it started to tax his health”, so he gladly welcomed an appointment to New Jersey’s superior court in 1949(“William”72). “His efforts to relieve the congested court calendar” attracted the attention of many people, including the chief justice of the supreme court of New Jersey, Arthur T. Vanderbilt, who later recommended him to “New Jersey’s highest
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