Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

Briefly ~ June/July 2017 ~ By Jessica A. Volz

briefly-3“‘Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,

Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tossed to me:

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.’”

~ from “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus (July 22, 1849–November 19, 1887) was born into a large Sephardic-Ashkenazi Jewish family. She was related to United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo. “The New Colossus” was written in 1883 and donated to an auction to raise funds to build the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty.


Q: Which United States Supreme Court associate justice was the first to cite Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in an opinion?
A: Justice Antonin Scalia. Whitfield v. United States, 135 S.Ct. 785, 788 (2015): “See e.g., […] J. Austen, Pride and Prejudice 182 (Greenwich ed. 1982) (Elizabeth ‘accompanied her out of the room’).”

Of Note


Getting Here: From a Seat on a Train to a Seat on the Bench recounts retired Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Peter Ney’s escape from Nazi Germany via Kindertransport to his family’s eventual arrival in the United States. This is a must-read for anyone practicing law in Colorado.

Getting Here: From a Seat on a Train to a Seat on the Bench (iUniverse, 2009). $19.95 (paperback).


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