The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a long and close relationship with the American Bar Association. The ground-breaking jurist, who passed away Sept. 18 at the age of 87, was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, where she served for 27 years.
“Ginsburg made vast and lasting contributions to the law and to the profession,” said ABA President Patricia Lee Refo on her passing. “She was a commanding voice as an advocate for gender equality and a tenacious protector of the rule of law. She inspired generations of young lawyers in her lifetime. Although she will be greatly missed, her legacy will continue to inspire future generations of lawyers.”
After her death, the ABA released a video featuring the 10 women who have served as ABA president speaking about what Ruth Bader Ginsburg meant to them. “Justice Ginsburg may be the most extraordinary person I’ve ever met,” said Roberta Cooper Ramo, who was ABA president from 1995-96. “Without her, really, I’m not sure that women in the United States would be where we are today.”