Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2019)
Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes twice escaped death as a young Union officer in the Civil War. Those near-misses were responsible, in part, for his unwavering moral courage, scorn for dogma, intellectual curiosity, and joy in fighting the good fight. Named to the Supreme Court by Theodore Roosevelt at age sixty-one, he served for almost three decades. This pioneering legal scholar’s eloquent opinions would prove prophetic in securing freedom of speech, protecting the rights of criminal defendants, and showing how the law evolves to meet the changing needs of society.
1:30 PM | Bethel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Stephen Budiansky is a historian, author, and journalist who resides in Loudoun County, Virginia.