The Jurisprudential Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg



  • September 18, 2020 was a grim day for women, the progressive legal community generally, and fans of “The Notorious RBG” everywhere. After serving twenty-seven years on the U.S. Supreme Court and thirteen years on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit with great distinction, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away. Although she is most revered for her trailblazing work on gender equality, during Justice Ginsburg’s long tenure on the bench she influenced the direction of a multitude of legal subject areas. This book brings together outstanding legal scholars to critically evaluate Justice Ginsburg’s opinions and identify jurisprudential themes running through them. Some chapters cover famous cases involving gender equality, while others delve into topics such as voting rights, the death penalty, intellectual property law, employment discrimination, arbitration, civil and criminal procedure, freedom of expression, bankruptcy, environmental law, administrative law, immigration, ERISA, family law, health law, race and the law, remedies, and taxation. It provides a wide-ranging overview of Justice Ginsburg’s jurisprudence, and illustrates the myriad ways that Justice Ginsburg’s approach to judging affected litigants, the courts she served on, and ultimately society as a whole. The essays remind us what we had and who we lost when Justice Ginsburg left us.
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • December 31, 2022
  • Keywords

  • Ginsburg
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • equality
  • feminism
  • gender
  • incrementalism
  • judicial restraint
  • jurisprudence
  • pragmatism