Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Firm: Supreme Court of the United States
Address: One First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543
Phone: (202) 479-3211
(202) 479-3011
Fax: (202) 479-3230
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954, and has a daughter, Jane, and a son, James. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959–1961. From 1961–1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was a Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963–1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977–1978. In 1971, she was instrumental in launching the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU's General Counsel from 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. President Clinton nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat August 10, 1993.

Current Employment Position(s):
Associate Justice, since August 10, 1993

Bar Admissions:
New York, 1959
District of Columbia, 1975
Columbia Law School, New York, New York

Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Published Works:
Civil Procedure in Sweden (With A. Bruzelius), 1965

Swedish Code of Judicial Procedure (With A. Bruzelius), 1968

Business Regulation in the Common Market Nations, Vol. 1 (ed. 1969)

Text, Cases, and Materials on Sex-Based Discrimination (With H.H. Kay & K.M. Davidson), 1974

Text, Cases, and Materials on Sex-Based Discrimination (With H.H. Kay) (Supp. 1978)

A Selective Survey of English Language Studies on Scandinavian Law, 1970

The Legal Status of Women Under Federal Law (With B.F. Fasteau), (Report to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights), 1974

Constitutional Aspects of Sex-Based Discrimination, 1974

Judicial Authority to Repair Unconstitutional Legislation, 28 Cleveland-Marshall Law Review 301, 1980

Gender in the Supreme Court: The 1976 Term, in Constitutional Government in America (R. Collins ed.), 1980

A Study Tour of Taiwan's Legal System, 66 American Bar Association Journal 1965 (1980)

Women's Right to Full Participation in Shaping Society's Course: An Evolving Constitutional Precept, in Toward the Second Decade (B. Justice & R. Pore eds.), 1981

Inviting Judicial Activism: A "Liberal" or "Conservative" Technique?, 15 Georgia Law Review 539 (John A Sibley Lecture), 1981

Touring the Law in King Arthur's Court, 61 Texas Law Review 341, 1982

Women's Work: The Place of Women in Law Schools, 32 Journal of Legal Education 272, 1982

Legal Education in the 80s: Focus on Tradition versus Reform, 93 F.R.D. 176, 1982

The Burger Court's Grapplings with Sex Discrimination, in The Burger Court: The Counter Revolution That Wasn't 132 (V. Blasi ed. 1983)

Reflections on the Independence, Good Behavior, and Workload of Federal Judges, 55 University of Colorado Law Review 1 (John R. Coen Lecture), 1983

The Work of Professor Allan Delker Vestal, 70 Iowa Law Review 13, 1984

Some Thoughts on Autonomy and Equality in Relation to Roe v. Wade, 63 North Carolina Law Review 375, 1985

On Becoming a Judge: Socialization to the Judicial Role, 69 Judicature 139, 1985

Remarks of the Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Conference on Civil Rights Developments, 37 Rutgers Law Review 1107, 1985

The Obligation to Reason Why, 37 University of Florida Law Review 205 (Donwody Lecture), 1985

Some Thoughts on the 1980's Debate Over Special Versus Equal Treatment for Women, 4 Journal of Law & Inequality 143, 1986

Interpretations of the Equal Protection Clause, 9 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 41, 1986

A Plea For Legislative Review, 60 Southern California Law Review 995, 1987

Commentary: The Intercircuit Committee (With Peter W. Huber), 100 Harvard Law Review 1417, 1987

Remarks on Women Becoming Part of the Constitution, 6 Journal of Law & Inequality 1, 17 (remarks of 1987 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference), 1988

Confirming Supreme Court Justices: Thoughts on the Second Opinion Rendered by the Senate, 1988 University of Illinois Law Review 101 (David C. Baum Lecture)

In Memoriam: Judge Carl McGowan, 56 George Washington Law Review 691, 1988

Articles on Sex Discrimination and Reproductive Autonomy, in Civil Rights and Equality 291-304, 310-321 (L. Levy, K. Karst, D. Mahoney eds. 1989)

In Memoriam: Judge J. Skelly Wright, 57 George Washington Law Review 1034, 1989

Some Reflections on the Feminist Legal Thought of the 1970s (With Barbara Flagg), University of Chicago Legal Forum 9, 1989

Remarks on Writing Separately, 65 Washington Law Review 133 (Jurisprudential Lecture), 1990

Employment of the Constitution to Advance the Equal Status of Men and Women, in The Constitutional Bases of Political and Social Change in the United States (S. Slonim ed., 1990), 1990

On Amending the Constitution: A Plea for Patience, 12 University of Arkansas Little Rock Law Journal 677 (Ben J. Altheimer Lecture), 1990

On Muteness, Confidence, and Collegiality, 61 University of Colorado Law Review 715, 1990

A Moderate View on Roe, 4 Constitution No. 2 at 17 (Spring-Summer 1992)

Styles of Collegial Judging, 39 Federal Bar News & Journal 199, 1992

In Memory of the Hon. Burnita Shelton Matthews, in Tributes, 1988 (District of Columbia Circuit Conference)

Introduction, 1 Columbia Journal of Gender & Law 1, 1991

In Memoriam: Albert M. Sacks, 105 Harvard Law Review 16, 1991

Commencement Remarks, The Advocate 14 (Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law), 1992

Constitutional Adjudication as a Means of Realizing the Equal Stature of Men and Women Under the Law, 14 Tocqueville Review 125, 1993

Speaking in a Judicial Voice, 67 New York University Law Review 1185, 1992 (James Madison Lecture, delivered March 9, 1993)

Remarks for George Mason University School of Law Graduation, May 22, 1993, 2 George Mason Independent Law Review 1

The Progression of Women in the Law 28 Valparaiso University Law Review 1161, 1994

Tribute to Justice Harry A. Blackmun 43 American University Law Review 692, 1994

Annual Dinner Address (May 19,1994) American Law Institute 71st Annual Meeting Remarks and Addresses 45, 1994

A Tribute to Justice Harry A. Blackmun 108 Harvard Law Review 4, 1994

Remarks for American Law Institute Annual Dinner (May 19, 1994) 38 St. Louis University Law Journal 881, 1994

Remark for California Women Lawyers, September 22, 1994 22 Pepperdine Law Review, 1994

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, 1972 - 1980

Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law, 1963 - 1972

Honors and Awards:
Honorary LL.D., Radcliffe College, 1994

Honorary LL.D., New York University, 1994

Honorary LL.D., Columbia University, 1994

Honorary LL.D., Smith College, 1994

Honorary LL.D., Long Island University, 1994

Honorary LL.D., Lewis and Clark College, 1992

Honorary LL.D., Rutgers University, 1991

Honorary LL.D., Amherst College, 1991

Honorary LL.D., Hebrew Union College, 1988

Honorary LL.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1987

Honorary LL.D., DePaul University, 1985

Honorary LL.D., Georgetown University, 1985

Honorary LL.D., Vermont Law School, 1984

Honorary LL.D, American University Law School, 1981

Honorary LL.D., Lund (Sweden) University, 1969

Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, 1977 - 1978

Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 1978 - Present

Society of American Law Teachers, Annual Outstanding Teacher of Law Award, 1979

Time Magazine, One of Ten Outstanding Law Professors, 1977

Margaret Brent, Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, 1993

Barnard College, Woman of Achievement Award, 1980

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 1982 - Present

American Law Institute

Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Council on Foreign Relations, 1975 - Present

Federal Judges Association

Lawyers Committee for the Washington Opera, 1981 - Present

National Association of Women Judges

Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

American Bar Association Journal, 1975 - 1981
Member, Board of Editors

American Civil Liberties Union
Founder, Women's Rights Project

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 1972 - 1980
Counsel to Women's Rights Project

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 1974 - 1980
National Board of Directors

American Civil Liberties Union, 1973 - 1980
Member, General Counsel

American Foreign Law Association, 1970 - 1977
Member, Board of Directors

American Law Institute, 1978 - 1993
Council Member

American Law Institute, 1972 - 1982
Advisor, Restatement (Second) of Judgments

American Law Institute, 1985 - 1993
Advisor, Project on Complex Litigation

Association of American Law Schools, 1982
Member, Executive Committee

Bar Association of the City of New York, 1974 - 1978
Member, Executive Committee

Federal Bar Council, 1978 - 1980
Vice President

Society of American Law Teachers, 1975 - 1980
Member, Board of Governors, Executive Committee

Society of American Law Teachers, 1978 - 1980
Vice President

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California, 1977 - 1978

Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, 1971 - Present

Past Employment Positions:
United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, Circuit Judge, 1980 - 1993

American Civil Liberties Union, General Counsel, 1973 - 1980

Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure, Research Associate then Associate Director, 1961 - 1963

Hon. Edmund L. Palmieri, United States District Court, Southern District of New York, Law Clerk, 1959 - 1961

Birth Information:
1933, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

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