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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Meets with UCLA Law Students

Ruth Bader Ginsburg - UCDC

October 2014 - UCLA School of Law students participating in the UCDC Law Program, an externship program in Washington, D.C., had the unique opportunity to meet with and ask questions of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited the University of California Washington Center in October, where she spoke to a group of undergraduate and law school students from various University of California campuses. The discussion was moderated by Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. Following the large group discussion, Justice Ginsburg participated in a special Q&A discussion with students from the University of California law schools.

Justice Ginsburg discussed a variety of topics during the intimate group session. She spoke about why she chose to go to law school and the difficulties she faced as a female finding a job after graduation. Referring to herself as an “ardent feminist,” Justice Ginsburg told the story of how she obtained her first job as a law clerk with the help of a law professor who recommended her to a judge. The judge was hesitant to hire a female, but the law professor threatened not to recommend other students if he did not give her a shot.  Taking a pocket Constitution out of her purse, Justice Ginsburg also walked the students through an exercise demonstrating why she believes in the theory of a living Constitution.

Justice Ginsburg is the fourth Supreme Court Justice to visit with UCDC law students.