In Remembrance

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

The Roberts Court, June 1, 2017.  Seated, from left to right: Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen G. Breyer.  Standing, from left to right: Justices Eleana Kagan, Samuel A. Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Neil M. Gorsuch.  Photograph by Franz Jantzen, Supreme Court Curator's Office.

Photo by Franz Jantzen, U. S. Supreme Court

U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Sept. 18, 2020 after a legendary legal career.  She was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Clinton after 13 years of service as a Justice on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, DC Circuit.

In 1959 she graduated from Columbia University Law School after Harvard refused to grant her a degree because of her gender.  In 1972 after earning tenure at Rutgers Law School she founded the ACLU Women's Rights Council with the purpose of overturning historical patterns of gender discrimination in American society, business and employment.  Later she became General Council for the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU). 

She fought tirelessly to advance civil rights. To many of us she was a hero. She carried a well earned knick name -"The Notorius RBG".  She was widely admired and respected - her passing is a huge loss for the nation.