Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Receives Highest ABA Honor
Ginsburg a “Model of Passion … and Civility,” States ABA President Carolyn Lamm
During Monday’s meeting of the policy-making House of Delegates, the association honored Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with its highest recognition, the ABA Medal.
The medal is given to an individual judged by the association’s Board of Governors to have rendered exceptionally distinguished service to the cause of American jurisprudence.
In introducing Ginsburg and explaining the rationale for bestowing Justice Ginsburg with the honor, ABA President Carolyn Lamm stated, “For more than one-half century, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made vast and lasting contributions to the law and to the profession.”
Lamm cited Associate Justice Ginsburg’s pioneering work as a commanding advocate for gender equality and service as a “model of passion … and civility,” as well as her lifetime pursuit of justice.
“’I like be thought of as a person who cares about people, and one who makes the world a better place,’” quoted Lamm of Ginsburg.
In her remarks before the House, Associate Justice Ginsburg said, “As you have just heard, I have lived long enough to see great changes in our profession.” The news of my receiving the award remains “spirit-lifting and appreciated beyond reckoning.”
Ginsburg spoke to the evolving role of woman, specifically in the profession. Ginsburg referenced Susan B. Anthony as hoping for a world where women will be the peer of man … “equal though not identical with him.” Ginsburg encouraged the ABA to continue its efforts of full realization of Anthony’s dream.
“May the association thrive, aided by everyone here in the pursuit of justice,” making it equal and accessible to all, concluded Ginsburg.
Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1993, after having served 13 years as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Before her appointment as a federal judge, she was a professor at Columbia University School of Law, and at the School of Law at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in Newark.
The ABA Medal was established in 1929, and only three other women have been recipients: Shirley M. Hufstedler, a former U.S. secretary of education and appellate court judge in both state and federal systems; Sandra Day O’Connor, former associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; and Patricia M. Wald, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and formerly a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
Read the text of Carolyn Lamm’s remarks or view a video of Justice Ginsburg’s speech.