Associations Pay Tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
She was a leader, icon and inspiration to many
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Friday evening brought on a wave of reflection and admiration for one of the most high-profile legal figures of the past century—including among associations and advocacy groups that counted Ginsburg as one of their own.
Years before she became a Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg helped to create the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1972. The ACLU notes that her work on the project was directly informed by limitations she faced early in her own legal career. Ginsburg, who started volunteering for the ACLU in the late 1960s, served as the project’s initial director.
“Ruth was careful to build brick upon brick,” Aryeh Neier, a former ACLU executive director, said in a tribute to Ginsburg. “She wanted to create a stable structure. She wasn’t interested in reaching for the roof right away. In my tenure at the ACLU, this was the most clearly planned litigation strategy.”
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