WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Honorable Philip S. Carchman, Senior Judge, NJ Superior Court, Appellate Division, will provide greater insight into the career of legal innovator and Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis at a special event at B’nai Shalom in West Orange on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. 

This event, including a gala dessert reception, is free and open to the public.

Given a high level of public interest on how the Supreme Court reaches its decisions, Judge Carchman will describe how Brandeis was the first attorney ever to use social science rather than legal precedent alone to successfully argue a case before the Supreme Court.  Brandeis’ approach still resonates, presenting a contemporary challenge to jurists who call themselves “textualist” or “originalist.” 

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Rabbi Robert Tobin, spiritual leader of B’nai Shalom, will participate in the discussion that will follow Judge Carchman’s presentation. Tobin will focus on the Jewish values implicit in Brandeis’ career and approach to the law.

“Louis D. Brandeis was not only an extraordinary Justice,” said Carchman. “He was an extraordinary man. He understood that the betterment of men and women could only be achieved when the law reflected social reform and innovation. He was also an early leader of the Zionist movement in America and advocated strongly for the creation of a Jewish homeland in then Palestine.” 

Calling Brandeis “the people’s lawyer,” Carchman added that Brandeis was “worthy of the reverence that befits his achievements.”

During his distinguished career as a jurist, Carchman has presided in the civil, family and general equity divisions. He was tapped by Chief Justice Deborah Poritz in 1997 to sit in the Appellate Division. 

From 2005 to 2008, Carchman took a leave of absence from that division to become Administrative Director of Courts. He returned to the Appellate Division, and after retiring went on recall status in 2012.  During his career on the bench, Carchman authored more than 1,200 written opinions.

To learn more about the event or to register, visit https://bnaishalom.net/events.php or call 973-731-0160.