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List of Famous Jurists

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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. {#nodes}
  • Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an American lawyer, serving as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was...  more

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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020) was an American lawyer and jurist who was an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and...  more

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  • William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th president of the United States (1909–1913) and the tenth chief justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to have...  more

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  • Earl Warren (March 19, 1891 – July 9, 1974) was an American politician and jurist who served as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States (1953–1969) and earlier as the 30th Governor of California...  more

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  • Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau (; French: [tʁydo]; October 18, 1919 – September 28, 2000), often referred to by the initials PET, was a Canadian politician who was 15th prime minister...  more

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  • John Jay

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  • James Danforth Quayle (born February 4, 1947) is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 44th vice president of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Quayle was also a U.S. representative...  more

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  • Hugo Lafayette Black (February 27, 1886 – September 25, 1971) was an American politician and jurist who served in the United States Senate from 1927 to 1937, and as an Associate Justice of the...  more
  • Carlo Pedersoli (October 31, 1929 – June 27, 2016), known professionally as Bud Spencer, was an Italian actor, professional swimmer and water polo player. He was known for action-comedy and Spaghetti...  more
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  • William Hubbs Rehnquist (; October 1, 1924 – September 3, 2005) was an American jurist and lawyer who served on the Supreme Court of the United States for 33 years, first as an Associate Justice from...  more
  • José Gomes Pinheiro Machado (May 8, 1851 – September 8, 1915) was a Brazilian republican politician. He fought for the establishment of the Republic in Brazil and for its consolidation. He fought on...  more
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  • Michael Donald Kirby (born 18 March 1939) 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...  more
  • John James Marshall (September 24, 1755 – July 6, 1835) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the fourth Chief Justice of the United States from 1801 to 1835. Marshall remains the...  more
  • Maria Lourdes "Meilou" Aranal Sereno (Tagalog: [sɛˈrɛnɔ], born Maria Lourdes Punzalan Aranal; July 2, 1960) is a Filipina lawyer and judge who served as de facto Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of...  more
  • Kenji Yoshino (born May 1, 1969) 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...  more
  • Lance Almond Ito (born August 2, 1950) is a retired American judge best known for presiding over the O. J. Simpson murder case at the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He heard felony criminal cases...  more
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  • John Marshall Harlan (June 1, 1833 – October 14, 1911) was an American lawyer and politician who served as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. He is often called "The Great Dissenter" due...  more
  • Pierre de Fermat (French: [pjɛːʁ də fɛʁma]) (between 31 October and 6 December 1607 – 12 January 1665) was a French lawyer at the Parlement of Toulouse, France, and a mathematician who is given...  more
  • Antonio Cassese was an Italian jurist who specialized in public international law. He was the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the first President...  more
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (March 8, 1841 – March 6, 1935) was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932, and as Acting Chief...  more
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