The Postal Service and University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law honored native son and law school namesake — Louis D. Brandeis — on what would have been his 153rd birthday, November 13.
Brandeis is featured on a new set of commemorative stamps which also includes U.S. Supreme Court associate justices Joseph Story, Felix Frankfurter and William J. Brennan Jr.
The presentation was held in Wilson Wyatt Hall. Professor and Distinguished University Scholar Laura Rothstein spoke on Brandeis, his celebrated career and his connection to Louisville.
There were more than 200 in attendance including U of L Law School Dean Jim Chen, U.S. Representative John Yarmuth (KY-3) and USPS Marketing Manager Steve Gregory.
"It is an honor to remember such a prominent member of the Louisville community and to celebrate the many contributions he made for our nation," said Gregory.
Brandeis was the associate justice most responsible for helping the Supreme Court shape the tools it needed to interpret the Constitution in light of the sociological and economic conditions of the 20th century. "If we would guide by the light of reason," he once exhorted his colleagues, "we must let our minds be bold." A progressive, and champion of reform, Brandeis devoted his life to social justice.
"Louisville can be proud that Justice Brandeis is so connected to our community and that the values he is known for had their roots here," said Rothstein.
"The principles and philosophies Brandeis is known for – including rights to privacy, free speech, curtailing big government and big business, balancing regulation with free enterprise – are timely today," she added. "It is appropriate that his enormous contributions are recognized on this set of commemorative stamps."
To mark the event, the Postal Service created 153 commemorative envelopes and a special cancellation designed by artist Leslie Friesen.
The envelope features a photo of the Brandeis School of Law along with Brandeis’ famous quote, "Knowledge is essential to understanding & understanding should precede judging."
The cancellation features a Corinthian capital and the numerals 153 to mark his 153rd birthday. It also features the Louis D. Brandeis commemorative stamp. Each envelope was numbered by the artist who was on hand to sign the limited edition artwork.
Leslie Friesen signs her envelop-artwork during the Louis D. Brandeis event.
Friesen is the Power Creative Designer-in-Residence at the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute, teaching in the Communication Art & Design BFA program. An award-winning designer, she also continues to work as a designer with Point A Consulting. Friesen is a member AIGA, the professional association for design, and the Louisville Graphic Design Association (LGDA) where she currently serves as Membership Chair.
The envelopes sold out during the first hours of the reception.