Ruth Bader Ginsburg: My ACLU Work Would Disqualify Me For Today’s Supreme Court
Speaking at Southern Memphis University Law School, former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg laments the right-wing American tilt that would, today, likely keep her off the court.
It’s worth noting exactly what kind of work Justice Ginsburg did for the ACLU before she was confirmed to the federal bench. As director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, Ginsburg was literally the single most important women’s rights attorney in American history. She authored the brief in Reed v. Reed that convinced a unanimous Supreme Court to hold for the very first time that the Constitution’s guarantee of Equal Protection applies to women. And her brief in Craig v. Boren convinced the Court to hand down its very first decision holding that gender discrimination laws are subject to heightened constitutional scrutiny. It is possible that modern doctrines preventing gender discrimination would simply not exist if Ruth Bader Ginsburg hadn’t done the work she did for the ACLU.
And yet, in today’s era of rampant right-wing filibusters, that alone would disqualify her for a seat on the federal bench.Click here for reuse options!
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