Famous American Judges

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(Associate Justice of US Supreme Court)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Birthdate: March 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 18, 2020

The first Jewish woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. An advocate for gender equality and women's rights, she spent the majority of her legal career championing these causes. She remained professionally active until her death in 2020.

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Antonin Scalia
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1986-2016))

Antonin Scalia
4
Birthdate: March 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 13, 2016

Scalia played an important role as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court for 30 years. Not only was he regarded as one of the most important justices in the history of the court, but he was also considered one of the most influential jurists of the 20th century. He was posthumously honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 3 
Jeanine Pirro
(American Conservative Television Host and A Former New York State Judge)

Jeanine Pirro
4
Birthdate: June 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elmira, New York, United States

Jeanine Pirro is an American TV host and author. Over the years, she has made important contributions to The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, a syndicated morning talk show. As a former prosecutor and New York State judge, Jeanine Pirro played an important role in several cases involving crimes against the elderly and domestic abuse.

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Neil Gorsuch
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Neil Gorsuch
4
Birthdate: August 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
The Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch earlier served as the Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was also in private practice. He is an adherent of originalism in constitutional interpretation and textualism in statutory interpretation. His landmark judgements include upholding the LGBTQ rights and favouring the Yakama Nation.

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Thurgood Marshall
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1967-1991))

Thurgood Marshall
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Birthdate: July 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: January 24, 1993

The first African-American member of the US Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall was an associate justice from 1967 to 1991. Earlier as an attorney, he fought for the abolishment of racial segregation in American public schools. He was also a strong proponent of individual rights. A symbol of black icon, there are numerous memorials in America to honour his legacy.

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Sonia Sotomayor
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (since 2009))

Sonia Sotomayor
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Birthdate: June 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States

Sonia Sotomayor, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of America, entered the record books when in August 2009 she became the first Hispanic and the fourth woman to be appointed to the court. She’s a strong defendant of the rights of accused and has raised her voice against misdemeanors by the police and the prosecutors, and abuses in prisons.

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Sandra Day O’Connor
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1981-2006))

Sandra Day O’Connor
5
Birthdate: March 26, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States

Sandra Day O’Connor is a retired attorney who became the first woman to serve as the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US when she took office in 1981. While serving as the associate justice, O’Connor was considered one of the most powerful women in the world. In 2009, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Judith Sheindlin
(TV personality)

Judith Sheindlin
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Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Judith Sheindlin is a prosecution lawyer, television personality, and author. Since 1996, she has been presiding over her own arbitration reality court show Judge Judy, which has won four Daytime Emmy Awards. The longest-serving judge in the history of the courtroom-themed program, Judith Sheindlin was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her work.

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Elena Kagan
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Since 2010))

Elena Kagan
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Birthdate: April 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Upper West Side, New York, United States

The fourth woman to become part of the Supreme Court of the United States as its member, Elena Kagan was nominated by Barack Obama in 2010 to serve as an Associate Justice of the Court. She played a major role in the Cooper v. Harris case by writing the majority opinion of the case.

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Stephen Breyer
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Stephen Breyer
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Birthdate: August 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Stephen Breyer is an American lawyer, legal scholar, and jurist. Since August 1994, Breyer has been serving as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court after being nominated by President Bill Clinton in May 1994. He is also credited with writing several influential textbooks while working as a lecturer and law professor at Harvard Law School in the 1960s. 

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Anthony Kennedy
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Anthony Kennedy
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Birthdate: July 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Anthony Kennedy has served as the judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1975 to 1988 and as the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S. from 1988 to 2018. Kennedy has been associated with Boumediene v. Bush and various gay rights cases.

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Samuel Alito
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Samuel Alito
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Birthdate: April 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States

The current associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US, Samuel Alito is only the second Italian American to serve on the court. Samuel Alito's journey from being an adjunct professor to one of the most powerful men in the American justice system is quite inspirational.

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William Rehnquist
(Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

William Rehnquist
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Birthdate: October 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: September 3, 2005
William Rehnquist had a 33-year career at the U.S. Supreme Court: as an associate justice for 14 years and as a chief justice for 19 years. He had served under Nixon and Ronald Reagan. He presided over Bill Clinton’s impeachment and was associated with cases such as Roe v. Wade.

 14 
Lance Ito
(Judge best known for presiding over the criminal trial for the O. J. Simpson murder case)

Lance Ito
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Birthdate: August 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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Marilyn Milian
(Judge, TV personality)

Marilyn Milian
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Birthdate: May 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States

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William O. Douglas
(Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

William O. Douglas
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Birthdate: October 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maine Township, Minnesota, United States
Died: January 19, 1980

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David Souter
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1990-2009))

David Souter
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Birthdate: September 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Melrose, Massachusetts, United States

David Souter was the associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1990 to 2009. He has also been a prosecutor, the attorney general of New Hampshire, and the associate justice of both the Superior Court and Supreme Court of New Hampshire. He now judges at the circuit court level.

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Jerry Sheindlin
(Judge, TV Personality)

Jerry Sheindlin
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Birthdate: November 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, USA

 19 
David Frum
(Journalist)

David Frum
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Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 20 
Lynn Compton
(Lead Prosecutor in Sirhan Sirhan’s Trial for the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy)

Lynn Compton
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Birthdate: December 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 25, 2012

 21 
Louis Brandeis
(Former Lawyer & US Supreme Court Associate Justice)

Louis Brandeis
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Birthdate: November 13, 1856
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: October 5, 1941

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Roy Bean
(Justice of the Peace & Saloon-keeper)

Roy Bean
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Birthdate: 1825 AD
Birthplace: Mason County, Kentucky, United States
Died: March 19, 1903

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Harry A. Blackmun
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Birthdate: November 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nashville, Illinois Nashville, Illinois, United States U.S.
Died: March 4, 1999

 24 
Salmon P. Chase
(Sixth Chief Justice of the United States)

Salmon P. Chase
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Birthdate: January 13, 1808
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: sixth Chief Justice of the United States
Died: May 7, 1873

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Lynn Toler
(Judge)

Lynn Toler
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Birthdate: October 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Cass Sunstein
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Birthdate: September 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States

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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
(Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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Birthdate: March 8, 1841
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 6, 1935

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Hugo Black
(Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Hugo Black
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Birthdate: February 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ashland, Alabama, United States
Died: September 25, 1971

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Alan Page
(Jurist)

Alan Page
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Birthdate: August 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, USA

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Joseph Wapner
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Birthdate: November 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 26, 2017

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Louis J. Freeh
(Former Judge and 5th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1993 - 2001))

Louis J. Freeh
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Birthdate: January 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

Louis Freeh is an American attorney. From 1991 to 1993, he served as the judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. He started his career as an FBI agent and went on to serve as the director of the FBI from 1993 to 2001. He currently works as a consultant in the private sector.

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Greg Mathis
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Birthdate: April 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Potter Stewart
(Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Potter Stewart
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Birthdate: January 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jackson
Died: December 7, 1985

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Amy Coney Barrett
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Amy Coney Barrett
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Birthdate: January 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Brett Kavanaugh
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Brett Kavanaugh
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Birthdate: February 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Brett Kavanaugh started serving as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US after being nominated by Donald Trump in 2018. Interestingly, Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually abusing her in the 1980s. Three other women also claimed that they were sexually assaulted by Brett, with one woman recanting her accusation later. Brett has denied all the accusations.

Kenesaw Mountain Landis
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Birthdate: November 20, 1866
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Millville, Ohio, United States
Died: November 25, 1944

The son of a Union soldier, Kenesaw Mountain Landis was successful US federal judge. He was also the first Commissioner of Baseball and is remembered for his role in the Black Sox scandal, in which he removed eight Chicago White Sox players for deliberately losing the 1919 World Series.

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Maryanne Trump Barry
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Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Attorney Maryanne Trump Barry, eldest sister of American president Donald Trump, is a former U.S. federal judge. She was an assistant U.S. attorney earlier and has been a judge of the U.S. District of New Jersey. Bill Clinton appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

William Hedgcock Webster
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Birthdate: March 6, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

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Kimba Wood
(Judge)

Kimba Wood
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Birthdate: January 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port Townsend, Washington

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Merrick Garland
(86th United States Attorney General)

Merrick Garland
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Birthdate: November 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Abe Fortas
(U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice)

Abe Fortas
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Birthdate: June 19, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Memphis
Died: April 5, 1982

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Anita Hill
(American Lawyer Who in 1991 Accused U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomas of Sexual Harassment)

Anita Hill
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Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lone Tree, Oklahoma, United States

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Samuel Chase
(Founding Father of the United States and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1796 - 1811))

Samuel Chase
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Birthdate: April 17, 1741
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Somerset County, Maryland, United States
Died: June 19, 1811

Samuel Chase was one of the founding fathers of the USA. From 1796 to 1811, he served as the Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He was also a signatory to the United States Declaration of Independence.

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Greg Abbott
(Politician, Lawyer)

Greg Abbott
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Birthdate: November 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas, United States

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Roy Moore
(Politician)

Roy Moore
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Birthdate: February 11, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gadsden, Alabama, U.S.

 46 
Benjamin Cardozo
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1932-38))

Benjamin Cardozo
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Birthdate: May 24, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 9, 1938

American lawyer Benjamin Cardozo had served as the Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. More of a liberal, he supported the modification of existing legal principles to make them more modern. He is remembered for his mild-mannered nature and for his contribution to the American common law.

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Learned Hand
(Former United States Judge and Judicial Philosopher)

Learned Hand
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Birthdate: January 27, 1872
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Albany
Died: August 18, 1961

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Michael Chertoff
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Birthdate: November 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States U.S.

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Robert Bork
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Birthdate: March 1, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: December 19, 2012

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James Wilson
(One of the Founding Fathers of the United States & a Signatory of the Declaration of Independence)

James Wilson
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Birthdate: September 14, 1742
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fife, Scotland
Died: August 21, 1798

James Wilson was an American statesman, legal scholar, politician, and founding father of the United States of America. He served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1789 to 1798.  A leading legal theorist, he played a key role in drafting the United States Constitution. He was also a professor of law.