The Supreme Court honored the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, recalling her momentous contributions to the law and her dedication to upholding the promise of justice for all.
Chief Justice John Roberts addressed the court’s tribute to Ginsburg, noting the justice’s “remarkable career” and her “special place in the history of the Supreme Court.”
“Today, we remember the undeniable markJustice Ginsburg left on American jurisprudence,” Roberts said.
Ginsburg, who passed away on Sept. 18 at age 87, served on the Supreme Court for more than 27 years. During her tenure, she wrote several landmark opinions on issues ranging from gender equality to criminal procedure.
In her majority opinion in United States v. Virginia, Ginsburg wrote that the Virginia Military Institute’s all-male admissions policy violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
“Justice Ginsburg’s legal writings illuminated the path forward on issues ranging from constitutional interpretation to civil rights,” Roberts said.
Ginsburg also authored several dissents in high-profile cases, including Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. In her dissent, she argued that the court’s ruling impermissibly allowed for-profit corporations to deny contraceptive coverage to female employees.
Roberts concluded his remarks by praising Ginsburg’s “fierce devotion to justice and her unwavering commitment to the rule of law.”
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be remembered as a legendary figure in the legal profession, and her impact on the law will remain for generations to come,” he said.
The Supreme Court paid homage to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, commending her formidable accomplishments and her steadfast dedication to the cause of justice. Chief Justice John Roberts lauded Ginsburg’s “extraordinary career” and “unique place in the annals of the Supreme Court,” noting her influential majority opinion in United States v. Virginia, which held that Virginia Military Institute’s all-male admissions policy violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Additionally, Roberts highlighted Ginsburg’s dissents, including her vehement objection in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. to the court’s decision to permit for-profit corporations to deny contraceptive coverage to female employees. Roberts concluded his tribute by praising Ginsburg’s “impassioned advocacy for justice” and her “unyielding commitment to the rule of law.” He concluded that Ginsburg will remain an iconic figure in the legal profession whose impact on the law will be felt for generations to come.