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Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg to visit Wake Forest

By Cheryl Walker
336.758.5237
Sept. 14, 2005

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will visit Wake Forest University Sept. 28.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sponsored by the Wake Forest School of Law, "A Conversation with Justice Ginsburg" will begin at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The event is part of a series that brings role models in the legal profession to Wake Forest to discuss their professional lives.

The program will follow an interview format. Suzanne Reynolds, professor of law at Wake Forest, will ask Ginsburg questions about her life as a legal professional. Law students will also have an opportunity to ask Ginsburg questions.

The event is free and open to members of the Wake Forest community and their guests.

When President Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg to replace retiring justice Byron White, she was the second female justice nominated to the country's highest court.

Ginsburg was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, N.Y. She holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and attended Harvard Law School before earning a law degree from Columbia Law School. She was elected to the law reviews at both schools.

Ginsburg served as a clerk for U.S. District Judge Edmund L. Palmieri and later taught at Rutgers University Law School and Columbia Law School. During the 1970s, she served as the director of the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. In that role, she won five of six cases on gender equality that she argued before the Supreme Court.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed Ginsburg to the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. She served there until she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993.


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