Susan BrandeisGilbert

The daughter of Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Susan Brandeis Gilbert became one of the first women attorneys to argue a case before the Supreme Court. After graduating from Bryn Mawr in 1915, Gilbert fought for women’s suffrage in New York before earning a law degree from the University of Chicago in 1919 and passing the New York Bar in 1921. Early in her career, she earned recognition for her prosecution of the Trenton Pottery antitrust case. To avoid conflict of interest in their shared field, Justice Brandeis arranged to be transferred from oversight of the Second Circuit (which included New York) and recused himself from a case Gilbert argued before the Supreme Court. Gilbert met her future husband, the opposing council in a landlord-tenant dispute she was arguing, and the couple married in 1925, opening a joint practice in 1939. From 1935–1949 she served on the New York State Board of Regents; she was also active in the New York Bar Association, Hadassah, and the Democratic Party. When Brandeis University was founded in 1949, she became closely involved in its development, serving as honorary president of its National Women’s Committee and becoming a fellow of the university in 1952.

Topics: Women's Rights, Law

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Boston, MA
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