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List of Famous Jurists

List of famous jurists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top jurists in the world? This includes the most prominent jurists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable jurists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic jurists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned jurists.

List is made up of many different people, including William Howard Taft and Thurgood Marshall.

From reputable, prominent, and well known jurists to the lesser known jurists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the jurist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous jurists ever?" and "What are the names of famous jurists?" then you're in the right place. (408 items)

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    Thurgood Marshall was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African-American justice. Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 85 (1908-1993)
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Judge, Politician, Jurist, Lawyer
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    Sonia Maria Sotomayor is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving since August 2009. She is the 111th appointment to the Court, has the distinction of being its first justice of Hispanic heritage, its third female justice, and its twelfth Roman Catholic justice. Sotomayor ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Judge, Jurist, Lawyer
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    Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She is the second female justice and the first Jewish female justice. She is generally viewed as belonging to the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Judge, Jurist, Lawyer
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    William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States. He is the only person to have served in both of these offices. Before becoming President, Taft, a Republican, was appointed to serve on the Superior Court of Cincinnati in 1887. In ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 73 (1857-1930)
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Judge, Jurist, Lawyer
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    Earl Warren was an American jurist and politician, who served as the 30th Governor of California and later the 14th Chief Justice of the United States. He is best known for the decisions of the Warren Court, which ended school segregation and transformed many areas of American law, especially regarding ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 83 (1891-1974)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Jurist
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    Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, PC CH CC QC FSRC, usually known as Pierre Trudeau or Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada from April 20, 1968 to June 4, 1979, and again from March 3, 1980 to June 30, 1984. Trudeau began his political career as a lawyer, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 81 (1919-2000)
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Politician, Journalist, Professor, Author, Jurist + 1 more
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    John Jay was an American statesman, Patriot, diplomat, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, signer of the Treaty of Paris, and first Chief Justice of the United States. Jay was born into a wealthy family of merchants and government officials in New York City. He became a lawyer and joined ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 84 (1745-1829)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Jurist
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    James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, the 44th Vice President of the United States, served with President George H. W. Bush. He served as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state of Indiana. Quayle was born in Indianapolis and spent most of his childhood living in Arizona. He married Marilyn Tucker ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Jurist
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    Hugo Lafayette Black was an American politician and jurist. A member of the Democratic Party, Black represented Alabama in the United States Senate from 1927 to 1937, and served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1937 to 1971. Black was nominated to the Supreme Court ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 85 (1886-1971)
    • Birthplace: Ashland, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Jurist
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    Bud Spencer is an Italian actor, filmmaker and a former professional swimmer. He is known for past roles in action-comedy films together with his long-time film partner Terence Hill. Growing from a successful swimmer in his youth, he got a degree in law, and has registered several patents. Spencer also ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Borgo Santa Lucia
    • Profession: Pilot, Fashion designer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor + 1 more
    • Credits: They Call Me Trinity, Quo Vadis, Trinity Is Still My Name, Four Flies on Grey Velvet, Boot Hill + 51 more
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    Hugo Grotius, also known as Huig de Groot, Hugo Grocio or Hugo de Groot, was a jurist in the Dutch Republic. With Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili he laid the foundations for international law, based on natural law. He was also a philosopher, theologian, Christian apologist, playwright, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 62 (1583-1645)
    • Birthplace: Delft, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Politician, Jurist, Philosopher, Lawyer, Playwright
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    William Hubbs Rehnquist was an American lawyer, jurist, and political figure who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and later as the 16th Chief Justice of the United States. Considered a conservative, Rehnquist favored a conception of federalism that emphasized the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 81 (1924-2005)
    • Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Judge, Historian, Jurist, Lawyer
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    José Gomes Pinheiro Machado was a Brazilian republican politician. He fought for the establishment of the Republic in Brazil and for its consolidation. He fought on the republican side in the Federalist Revolution, commanding the North Division and winning a victory over the monarchist forces at the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 64 (1851-1915)
    • Birthplace: Cruz Alta, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
    • Profession: Politician, Jurist
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    Marco Biagi was an Italian jurist. A native of Bologna, he was professor of labour law and industrial relations at the University of Modena. In 1984 Marco Biagi was appointed Professor of Labour Law and Italian and Comparative Trade Union Law at the University of Modena, in the Department of Business ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 52 (1950-2002)
    • Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
    • Profession: Jurist
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    Michael Donald Kirby AC, CMG is an Australian jurist and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. He has remained active in retirement: in May 2013 he was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to lead an inquiry into human rights abuses ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Judge, Barrister, Jurist, Solicitor, Lawyer
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    John Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. His court opinions helped lay the basis for United States constitutional law and made the Supreme Court of the United States a coequal branch of government along with the legislative and executive branches. Previously, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 80 (1755-1835)
    • Birthplace: Germantown, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Judge, Politician, Jurist, Lawyer
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    María Lourdes Aranal-Sereno is the 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. At age 52, she is the second youngest and the first female to head the judiciary. In August 2010, she was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, its 169th Member and the first ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
    • Profession: Judge, Jurist, Lawyer
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    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. Formerly, he was the Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His work involves Constitutional law, anti-discrimination law, civil and human rights, as ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator, Jurist, Writer
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    Lance Allan Ito is an American Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, best known for presiding over the O.J. Simpson murder trial. He currently hears felony criminal cases at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Judge, Jurist
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    Melvin E. "Mel" Bradford was a conservative political commentator and professor of literature at the University of Dallas. Bradford is seen as a leading figure of the paleoconservative wing of the conservative movement. He died just as the term paleoconservative was being coined and preferred the term ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 59 (1934-1993)
    • Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Literary critic, Jurist
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