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opeka, the landmark 1954 decision that banned racial segregation in public schools and paved the way for the modern Civil Rights movement.

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Just as Chief Justice Earl Warren was a liberal icon, John Marshall Harlan II was a darling among conservatives. Worried about progressive ove…

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Few Supreme Court justices served longer or exerted more influence than William J. Brennan, the son of Irish immigrants who rose to the rank o…

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then to the U.S. Court of Appeals, and then finally to the United States Supreme Court. One of the shortest-serving justices—and one whose imp…

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Justice Potter Stewart's position as a lonely centrist on a sharply divided court gave him enormous clout as a swing vote during his two-plus …