Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Associate Justice

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. Justice Ginsburg 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, and from 1961 to 1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. Justice Ginsburg was a professor of law at Rutgers University School of Law and Columbia Law School, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California. 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 Justice Ginsburg as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1993 and she took her seat August 10, 1993. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. Justice Ginsburg previously served on the faculty at Salzburg Seminar Session 232, American Law and Legal Institutions, in 1984.


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