Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the ACLU Annual Gala in 2012
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the ACLU Annual Gala in 2012

Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy:  

Rutgers Law School celebrated the role of women in reshaping American law with a Symposium in 2009 featuring the work of legendary United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The all-day conference, chaired by Rutgers Law Professor and CGSLP Director Suzanne Kim, was one of a series of events celebrating the school’s Centennial and its enduring commitment to teaching, scholarship, service, and opportunity. Convening Rutgers Law alumni, faculty, and students, and the broader legal community, the conference featured many of the pioneers discussed in the ABA Gavel Award-winning Equal: Women Reshape American Law (WW Norton 2009) by journalist Fred Strebeigh, who received unprecedented access to Justice Ginsburg’s papers to write the book. Equal details the start of Justice Ginsburg’s litigation work, including beginnings at Rutgers.

Justice Ginsburg was not able to deliver the speech because she had to have surgery just a few days prior, but the speech was delivered by Justice Ginsburg’s close friend and biographer Georgetown Law Professor Wendy Webster Williams, an architect of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family Medical Leave Act, and is featured on the US Supreme Court website here. Williams would later publish with Justice Ginsburg and Georgetown Law’s Mary Hartnett, the Justice’s autobiography My Own Words.  The Women’s Rights Law Reporter published essays based on portions of the conference in its 2009 symposium issue.

We honor and remember Justice Ginsburg’s legacy.

Photos from: Due Process television special: “Justice Ginsburg: Women on the Bench”