Famous American Judges

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 1 Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Famous As: Associate Justice of US Supreme Court
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.

 2 Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia.
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Birthdate: March 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Trenton
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 Neil Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch.
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
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.

 4 Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall.
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
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.

 5 Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor.
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: June 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The 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.

 6 Jeanine Pirro

Jeanine Pirro.
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Famous As: TV Personality
Birthdate: June 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elmira, New York

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.

 7 Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor.
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
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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 8 Anthony Kennedy

Anthony Kennedy.
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
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.

 9 Maryanne Trump Barry

Maryanne Trump Barry.
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Famous As: Attorney
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.

 10 Stephen Breyer

Stephen Breyer.
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
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. 

 11 Judith Sheindlin

Judith Sheindlin.
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Famous As: Judge, Reality TV Personality
Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, 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.

 12 Samuel Alito

Samuel Alito.
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
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.

 13 William Rehnquist

William Rehnquist.
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Famous As: Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
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

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

 15 Marilyn Milian

Marilyn Milian.
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: May 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York

 16 Earl Warren

Earl Warren.
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Birthdate: March 19, 1891
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: July 9, 1974
Earl Warren served as the chief justice of the U.S. from 1953 to 1969. He was also the California governor from 1943 to 1953. The "Warren Court" revolutionized the American justice system by making landmark judgments, such as making school segregation unconstitutional in the Brown v. Board of Education case.

 17 David Souter

David Souter.
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Famous As: Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
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.

 18 Eric Holder

Eric Holder.
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Famous As: Former Attorney General of the United States
Birthdate: January 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Eric Holder is an American lawyer. In 2008, Legal Times magazine described him as one of the visionaries and named him in its list of the Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Past 30 Years. In 2009, he became the first African American to serve as the Attorney General of the US, a position which he held until 2015. 

 19 Byron White

Byron White.
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: June 8, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Died: April 15, 2002

Byron White was an American lawyer and football player. He served as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court from 1962 to 1993. Before beginning his legal career, White was part of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National Football League. He also played a crucial role during World War II, serving as an intelligence officer in the US Navy.

 20 Jerry Sheindlin

Jerry Sheindlin.
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Famous As: Judge, TV Personality
Birthdate: November 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, USA

 21 William O. Douglas

William O. Douglas.
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Birthdate: October 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Minnesota, United States
Died: January 19, 1980

 22 Andrew Napolitano

Andrew Napolitano
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Famous As: Radio personality, Judge, Television presenter, Lawyer, Author, University teacher, Writer
Birthdate: June 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark

 23 Cass Sunstein

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

 24 Salmon P. Chase

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

 25 Louis Brandeis

Louis Brandeis.
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Famous As: Former Lawyer & US Supreme Court Associate Justice
Birthdate: November 13, 1856
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: October 5, 1941

 26 Lynn Compton

Lynn Compton
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Famous As: Lawyer, Police officer, Judge
Birthdate: December 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: February 25, 2012

 27 Roy Bean

Roy Bean.
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Famous As: Justice of the Peace & Saloonkeeper
Birthdate: 1825 AD
Birthplace: Mason County
Died: March 16, 1903

 28 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr..
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Birthdate: March 8, 1841
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 6, 1935

 29 Louis J. Freeh

Louis J. Freeh.
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Famous As: Former Director of the FBI
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.

 30 Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh.
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
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.

 31 Lynn Toler

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

 32 Hugo Black

Hugo Black.
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: February 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ashland, Alabama, United States
Died: September 25, 1971

 33 Brian Sandoval

Brian Sandoval
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Redding, California, United States

 34 Alan Page

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

 35 Harry A. Blackmun

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

 36 Merrick Garland

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

 37 Joseph Wapner

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

 38 Kenesaw Mountain Landis

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

 39 Potter Stewart

Potter Stewart.
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: January 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jackson
Died: December 7, 1985

 40 Roy Moore

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

 41 Alex Kozinski

Alex Kozinski
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Famous As: Lawyer, Judge
Birthdate: July 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bucharest

 42 Abe Fortas

Abe Fortas.
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Famous As: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice
Birthdate: June 19, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Memphis
Died: April 5, 1982

 43 William Hedgcock Webster

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

 44 Kimba Wood

Kimba Wood.
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: January 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port Townsend, Washington

 45 Robert Bork

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

 46 Michael Chertoff

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

 47 Mablean Ephriam

Mablean Ephriam
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Famous As: Lawyer, Judge
Birthdate: April 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hazlehurst

 48 John Paul Stevens

John Paul Stevens
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Famous As: Navy officer, Judge, Lawyer
Birthdate: April 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 16, 2019

 49 Joseph Force Crater

Joseph Force Crater
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Famous As: Lawyer, Judge
Birthdate: January 5, 1889
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Easton
Died: June 6, 1939

 50 William J. Brennan Jr.

William J. Brennan Jr.
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: April 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: July 24, 1997