Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Part 1 of Law360's Exclusive Interview

Posted on 06-13-2017 by
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ginsburg’s public persona has long been a study in contrasts.


By Jacqueline Bell

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is fond of saying that if there had been more opportunities for female lawyers when she graduated at the top of her class from Columbia Law School in 1959, she would likely now be a retired law firm partner, rather than an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

It’s a joke — sort of — a way of saying early professional disappointments sometimes work out in unexpected ways. But that image of an alternate reality seemed almost laughable when Law360 met with the justice in her chambers recently. Surrounded by mementos from a lifetime as a leader in the law, it’s hard to imagine a world where Justice Ginsburg is not an accomplished advocate for gender equality, the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, and a feminist icon popularly known as the Notorious RBG.

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Now nearing the end of her 24th year on the court, Justice Ginsburg sat down with Law360 for a wide-ranging conversation on a sunny, swampy Washington, D.C., day toward the end of May. The interview took place just before she accepted Book of the Year honors for her recent collection “My Own Words” at the Burton Awards, an annual program that honors excellence in the legal profession.

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