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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
    Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an American lawyer, serving as...  more

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  • Sonia Sotomayor

    Sonia Sotomayor

    Sonia Maria Sotomayor (Spanish: [ˈsonja sotomaˈʝoɾ]; born June 25, 1954) is an Associate...  more


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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020) was an American lawyer and jurist who...  more

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  • William Howard Taft
    William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th president of the United...  more

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  • Earl Warren
    Earl Warren (March 19, 1891 – July 9, 1974) was an American politician and jurist who served...  more

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  • Pierre Trudeau
    Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau (; French: [tʁydo]; October 18, 1919 – September...  more

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  • John Jay

    John Jay

    John Jay (December 23, 1745 – May 17, 1829) was an American statesman, patriot, diplomat,...  more
  • Dan Quayle
    James Danforth Quayle (born February 4, 1947) is an American politician and lawyer who served...  more

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  • Hugo Black
    Hugo Lafayette Black (February 27, 1886 – September 25, 1971) was an American politician and...  more
  • Bud Spencer
    Carlo Pedersoli (October 31, 1929 – June 27, 2016), known professionally as Bud Spencer, was...  more
  • Hugo Grotius
    Hugo Grotius (; 10 April 1583 – 28 August 1645), also known as Huig de Groot (Dutch: [ˈɦœyɣ də...  more
  • William Rehnquist
    William Hubbs Rehnquist (; October 1, 1924 – September 3, 2005) was an American jurist and...  more
  • Pinheiro Machado
    José Gomes Pinheiro Machado (May 8, 1851 – September 8, 1915) was a Brazilian republican...  more
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  • Michael Kirby
    Michael Donald Kirby (born 18 March 1939) is an Australian jurist and academic who is a...  more
  • John Marshall
    John James Marshall (September 24, 1755 – July 6, 1835) was an American politician and lawyer...  more
  • Maria Lourdes Sereno
    Maria Lourdes "Meilou" Aranal Sereno (Tagalog: [sɛˈrɛnɔ], born Maria Lourdes Punzalan Aranal;...  more
  • Kenji Yoshino
    Kenji Yoshino (born May 1, 1969) is a legal scholar and the Chief Justice Earl Warren...  more
  • Lance Ito
    Lance Almond Ito (born August 2, 1950) is a retired American judge best known for presiding...  more
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  • John Marshall Harlan
    John Marshall Harlan (June 1, 1833 – October 14, 1911) was an American lawyer and politician...  more
  • Pierre de Fermat
    Pierre de Fermat (French: [pjɛːʁ də fɛʁma]) (between 31 October and 6 December 1607 – 12...  more
  • Antonio Cassese was an Italian jurist who specialized in public international law. He was the...  more
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (March 8, 1841 – March 6, 1935) was an American jurist who served as...  more
  • Frank Murphy
    William Francis Murphy (April 13, 1890 – July 19, 1949) was a Democratic politician and jurist...  more