My Time With Ruth

I’m eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to study Constitutional Law with Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the Summer of 1996. She remains a great inspiration to me, inspiring me to share some of her contributions with you today. She’s a groundbreaking lawyer, women’s rights activist and Supreme Court Justice that’s changed the World.

Early Life and Career

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn in 1933, daughter of a furrier and a garment worker. She was an exceptional student, graduating first in her class from Cornell, and from there she became one of the few women in her class at Harvard Law School. Later she became the first female member of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. She married Martin Ginsburg, also an attorney, who shared responsibility for caring for the couple’s children and household. After spending some time teaching, she went on to serve as the director of the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, arguing six landmark cases on gender equality before the Supreme Court. 

The Road To The Supreme Court

She was appointed by President Carter to serve in the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1980, and by President Clinton to serve on the Supreme court in 1993. In 1996, she was the author of the landmark decision in, United States v. Virginia, holding that the Virginia Military Institute must allow women to be admitted. In 1999, The American Bar Association honored her with the Thurgood Marshall award for her contributions to civil rights and gender equality.

Ruth in the 21st Century

In 2000, she wrote a dissent in the case that effectively decided the election in favor of George W. Bush. When Obamacare was attacked on Constitutional grounds, she was part of the majority that saved the healthcare plan. She cast a vote with the majority legalizing same sex marriage, an issue she’s strongly supported for many years, sometimes officiating at gay marriages. Ginsburg’s been an outspoken opponent of President Trump, often a thorn in his side. Just this week, Trump suggested that she recuse herself in an abortion case. What do you think she’s going to do?

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About the Author:

Alyce Wittenstein is a world class attorney, blogger and filmmaker. She began working at the firm in 1985 as a managing paralegal, learning all the practices and procedures of the firm from Mr. Wittenstein and the staff. From 1995-1998, she attended CUNY Law School where she made a mark as a teaching assistant for Civil Rights leader Haywood Burns. She founded a Human Rights Delegation to Haiti and studied Constitutional Law with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Working at the Equal Opportunity Employment Commision (EEOC), she learned a great deal about Employment Discrimination matters. She brought her knowledge of the Personal Injury practice and her passion for Civil Rights to the firm when she was admitted to the Bar in 1999. In 2000, she became a partner and the firm name was changed to Wittenstein & Wittenstein, Esqs. PC.

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