Last updated on: 8/22/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

William J. Brennan, JD Biography

Title:
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1956 - 1990
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“I frankly do not know what should be the proper disposition of features of our public life such as ‘God save the United States and this Honorable Court,’ ‘In God We Trust,’ ‘One Nation Under God,’ and the like. I might well adhere to the view expressed in Schempp that such mottos are consistent with the Establishment Clause, not because their import is de minimis, but because they have lost any true religious significance.”

ID at 818 -- Dissent: Marsh v. Chambers, July 5, 1983

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Individuals with JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to government and constitutional law. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to government and constitutional law.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1990-1994
  • Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, nominated by Eisenhower, 1956-1990
  • Judge, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1951-1956
  • Judge, New Jersey Superior Court, 1949-1951
  • United States Army, 1942-1945
  • Private practice, New Jersey, 1932-1942
Education:
  • JD, Harvard University, 1931
  • BA, Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1928
Other:
  • Born: 1906
  • Deceased: 1997
Quoted in:
  1. Is it Valid to Look to the Intent of the Founding Fathers in Determining Whether the Words "under God" Should Remain in the Pledge of Allegiance?
  2. Should "In God We Trust" Be Removed from US Currency?