Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Interviewed by Dean Trevor Morrison

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About the Interview

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was interviewed by Dean Trevor Morrison, Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law, on July 5, 2016, in the Lawyers' Lounge of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC. 


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020), Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, 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 BA from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LLB 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 to 1961. From 1961 to 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 to 1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972 to 1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977 to 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 to 1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974 to 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. She passed away September 18, 2020.

Video Excerpts

On arguing her first case at the Supreme Court


On getting confirmed for the Supreme Court

On hearing her first case as a Supreme Court justice

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