Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- Birth, Residence, and Family
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born March 15, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of
Nathan Bader and Celia Amster Bader. In 1954, she married Martin D. Ginsburg, now a
professor of tax law at Georgetown University Law Center. They have two children: Jane C.
Ginsburg, a professor at Columbia Law School, and James S. Ginsburg, a producer of
- Elementary and high schools: P.S. 238 and James Madison High School, Brooklyn, New York.
College: Cornell University, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, B.A. 1954, with high honors in
Government and distinction in all subjects, College of Arts and Sciences Class Marshal.
Law schools: attended Harvard Law School (1956-58), Harvard Law Review; Columbia Law
School, LL.B. (J.D.) 1959, Columbia Law Review, Kent Scholar.
- Judicial Offices
- Nominated by President Carter to United States Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia Circuit; took oath of office June 30, 1980. Nominated by President Clinton as
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; took oath of office August
- Law Clerkship
- Clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, United States District Court, Southern
District of New York (1959-61).
- Law Teaching
- Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure: Research Associate (1961-62),
Associate Director (1962-63); Rutgers University School of Law: Professor (1963-72);
Columbia Law School: Professor (1972-80); Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral
Sciences (Stanford, California): Fellow (1977-78). Faculties visited: New York University
School of Law (Spring 1968), Harvard Law School (Fall 1971), University of Amsterdam
(Summer 1975), University of Strasbourg (Summer 1975), Salzburg Seminar in American
Studies (Summer 1984), Aspen Institute (Summer 1990).
- Law Practice and Professional Activities
- Admitted to New York Bar in 1959 and District of Columbia Bar in 1975. American Civil
Liberties Union: Women's Rights Project, Founder and Counsel (1972-80); General Counsel
(1973-80); National Board of Directors (1974-80). Other affiliations include: American Bar
Foundation Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Secretary (1979-89), American Bar
Association Journal Board of Editors (1972-78); ABA Section of Individual Rights and
Responsibilities, Council Member (1975-81); American Law Institute, Council Member
(1978-1993); American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow (1982-); Council on Foreign
- Legal Writing
- Books authored include: Civil Procedure in Sweden (1965) (with Anders Bruzelius); Text,
Cases, and Materials on Sex-Based Discrimination (1974) (with Herma Hill Kay and Kenneth
M. Davidson). Has contributed numerous articles to law reviews and other periodicals on
civil procedure, conflict of laws, constitutional law, and comparative law.
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