NCBA Mourns the Loss of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 21, 2020:

The NCBA mourns the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, an icon of justice, and a trailblazing advocate for women’s rights.

Justice Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 15, 1933. She graduated top of her class from Cornell University in 1954, and Colombia Law School in 1959. In 1972, she became the first female professor at Columbia to earn tenure. In addition, she directed the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she successfully argued six landmark gender discrimination cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1980, she was appointed by then U.S. President Jimmy Carter the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where she served for thirteen years. In 1993, Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by then U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Her legacy and contributions to the legal profession will live on, and inspire generations to come. We send our deep condolences to Justice Ginsburg’s family during this difficult time.

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg