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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was New England Law | Boston’s special guest for the March 13, 2009, Law Day observance. Ginsburg began the day by meeting with faculty and students. In the evening, she served as guest of honor at New England Law’s Centennial Law Day Banquet and provided a rarely seen insider’s view of the Court’s inner workings.

Justice Ginsburg’s skills as former law professor were evident in question-and-answer remarks to students in a morning session. A deferential silence accompanied her recounting of the landmark Loving v. Virginia case, which in 1967 overturned the nation’s race-based marriage restrictions.

Ligee Gu (’10) noted, “In Race and the Law, we primarily discuss the Equal Protection laws and stress the fact that all persons should be treated equally under the Constitution. Hearing Justice Ginsburg emphasize that was very moving for me.”

Justice Ginsburg recalled the obstacles that she herself faced as a young female attorney. Despite graduating tied for first in her Columbia Law School class, she endured the prejudice of law firms that would not consider hiring a woman, especially one with a child. “The world is really different for you,” she told students.