Thursday, November 6, 2014

Getting to Know Your Supreme Court Justices: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as the Notorious R.B.G., is by far the coolest Supreme Court Justice right now, and is blowing up social media. She definitely won Halloween:

Not only did Justice Ginsburg win Halloween, she has her own Tumblr, her own t-shirt, and her own rap video as seen below:

Justice Ginsburg also appreciated John Oliver's video portraying the Justices with dogs. (WSJ Blog) (See Supreme Court Videos Dogs)

Most importantly, Justice Ginsburg understands the importance of the law library, and its law librarians:
Judges rely on law school librarians and the libraries they serve to support and assist law professors in producing academic commentary that illuminates, and yields improvement in, the law. Our legal system gives judges considerable authority to develop the law through litigated cases, much more authority than judges have in most other countries. We entrust that authority mainly to generalists, to jurists who cannot do their job adequately without help from the academy.
Remarks in Celebration of Stetson’s Law Library and Information Center, 28 Stetson L. Rev. 231, 237(1998) (available via HeinOnline (UW Restricted), Westlaw (UW Law Restricted) , and LexisNexis (UW Law Restricted) and in the Gallagher Law Library Compact Stacks, Shelved by Title)

You too can rely on your law school librarians for assistance in research! Reference Librarians are available Monday through Sunday at the Reference Office in Gallagher Law Library.

  • Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m 

If you would to learn a little bit more about the Notorious RBG and her significant contributions as Supreme Court Justice, an advocate for Women's Rights and as an expert in Swedish Law, check out just a few of our many resources:

Raising the bar : Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the ACLU Women's Rights Project
(available at Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks KF373.G565 C36 2003 )
Nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to be associate judge of the Supreme Court of the United States : hearings before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Third Congress, first session ... July 20, 21, 22, and 23, 1993. (available via Gallagher Law Library online 
Civil procedure in Sweden. Ruth Bader Ginsburg Anders Bruzelius; Columbia University. Project on International Procedure. 1965 (available at Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks KKV1710.G5 1965)
Also of note, one of our faculty, Elizabeth Porter clerked for Justice Ginsburg.

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