The late Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. was arguably the most influential justice of the Supreme Court in the 20th century, and weighed in with nearly 1600 opinions during his 34 years on the Court. To pay tribute to his many accomplishments, the extended Brennan family and New York University presented Justice Brennan with their gift of the Brennan Center in 1995. The central mission of the Center is "to develop and implement an innovative, nonpartisan agenda of scholarship, public education, and legal action that promotes equality and human dignity, while safeguarding fundamental freedoms." Along with public forums and various advocacy programs, the Center coordinates thematic research in areas such as criminal justice, campaign finance reform, voter choice, in addition to offering public comment on various laws and relevant legislation. On the site's homepage, visitors can read these recent comments briefs filed by Center staff members, and also access some of their latest publications. One that is worth taking a look at is "The Information Commons", which takes a critical look at the ways in which various public interest advocates have sought "to expand access to the wealth of resources that the Internet promises". This and other insightful works may be found in the resources area of the Center's website.
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