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August 9, 2010

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Receives Highest ABA Honor

Ginsburg a “Model of Passion … and Civility,” States ABA President Carolyn Lamm

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recipient of the 2010 ABA Medal

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recipient of the 2010 ABA Medal

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.

https://abanow.org/2010/08/associate-justice-ginsburg-of-the-u-s-supreme-court-renews-call-for-equality-for-women-in-the-law/

Comments (5)

  • *Pingback*
    5:03 PM August 10, 2010
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    ... ABA: “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.” ...

  • anonymous
    5:26 PM August 10, 2010

    Please ask the Justice what populations we do NOT want to many of when she said this to the NY Times Magazine in 2009, “ Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided,
    there was concern about population growth and
    particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”
    Watch the documentary Maafa21 and see how the elites feel about Black Genocide http://www.maafa21.com

  • Disgusted Member
    9:51 AM August 11, 2010

    Such blatant celebration of the far left wing of the Court is reason enough to resign my ABA membership. Now Elena Kagan is found fully qualified to serve because she holds the appropriate leftist beliefs even though she has never sat on the bench of any court, and has limited experience in court. The ABA can claim it represents all lawyers, but in fact it is just an activist arm of the Democratic Party.

  • freddy
    5:15 PM August 16, 2010

    I was in the room when she spoke and thought Justice Ginsburg’s remarks were uplifting. Is a text available?

  • ABANow Editor
    11:30 AM August 17, 2010

    freddy, the text of Justice Ginsburg’s remarks are not available but please view the video of her speech at https://abanow.org/2010/08/associate-justice-ginsburg-of-the-u-s-supreme-court-renews-call-for-equality-for-women-in-the-law/.