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Bust of Late Justice Brennan of U.S. and N.J. Supreme Courts To be Unveiled in Trenton on January 30

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Trenton, NJ...A bust of the late United States and New Jersey Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., will be unveiled during a ceremony January 30. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom in the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex here.

The Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey is presenting the bust to the Court. The sculptor is Jon Bailey of Indianapolis, Indiana, a 1994 magna cum laude graduate of Rutgers University at Camden. Mr. Bailey also received an MBA from the Yale School of Management in 1997. Speakers at Tuesday’s ceremony will include Association representative Joseph H. Kenney, Esq., and Michael B. Himmel, Esq.; William J. Brennan III, Esq., son of the late Justice; and Daniel J. O’Hern, a retired New Jersey Supreme Court Justice, who once clerked for Justice Brennan. Deborah T. Poritz, Chief Justice, will preside over the ceremony.

Born in Newark in 1906, Justice Brennan graduated with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree from Harvard Law School in 1931, he joined the firm of Pitney, Hardin & Ward, where he was made a partner in 1937. He served in the Army in World War II and was discharged as Colonel in 1945. He resigned from the firm, which then included his name, in 1949 to accept a Superior Court Judgeship. After service as the Assignment Judge for Hudson and Burlington Counties, in 1950 he was elevated to the Appellate Division.

In 1952, Justice Brennan was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and became a public spokesman for individual rights during the McCarthy era. He was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Dwight David Eisenhower in 1956. Justice Brennan issued 1,360 opinions in his 34 years on the U.S. Supreme Court. Among his most notable opinions are cases that supported freedom of speech (New York Times v. Sullivan), the one-person-one-vote concept (Baker v. Carr) and other principles of justice. He died in 1997.

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(Note to Editors: Please contact the Office of Public Affairs [609] 292-9580 to make arrangements to cover the ceremony on Jan. 30.)

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