Justice Ginsburg Discusses Being Lone Woman on High Court

Justices Margaret Marshall and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

1/26/2007

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discussed women in the law and her wish that she weren't "all alone on the court" during an address at Suffolk University Law School's conference on Globalization and the US Law School: Comparative and Cultural Perspectives, 1906-2006.

She said that, although they often differed, she missed former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who retired last year.

Ginsburg discussed several issues, including the 2000 election recount case that put George W. Bush in the White House.

International Partnership

The conference celebrated Suffolk Law School's nine-year partnership with the University of Lund in Sweden as it addressed issues of international legal education.

The Lund collaboration offers American students an opportunity to study law with international faculty. The It also allows international students to learn about the American legal system from Suffolk Law School professors offering yearly summer certificate programs in Sweden.

Ginsburg brought an interesting perspective to the discussion. Early in her career, she had learned Swedish so that she could observe Swedish courts for a comparative law project sponsored by Columbia Law School.

Chief Justice Margaret Marshall

The Honorable Margaret H. Marshall, chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts also spoke at the conference. As a  South African who received her undergraduate degree there and her master’s and law degrees in America, she was able to give a firsthand look at the implications of globalization. 

See the AP report.

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