Ginsburg, who served on the country’s highest court beginning in 1993, passed away on Friday at the age of 87 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
The event, called “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Legal Pioneer’s Legacy,” was held virtual via Zoom and featured a discussion on her life and legacy. Panelists included professor Jonathan Entin, Ginsburg’s friend and former law clerk.
Entin shared stories of his time with Ginsburg. He said he had no interest in being a clerk and applied with people he thought he didn’t have a chance. But Ginsburg kept asking for more information and eventually invited him to New York for an interview. He said he was the first person, outside her family, to see her after she learned she was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
“She was a brilliant lawyer and a shrewd strategist as shown by her enthusiasm in using male plaintiffs as part of the campaign for gender equality and she brought that strategic sense to the Supreme Court, especially when she became the most senior member of the liberal wing in 2010,” Entin said.
News of Ginsburg’s death prompted mourners to leave flowers and homemade signs outside the Supreme Court building, as others held their own vigils in her honor. She will lie in repose at the Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday and Thursday, then she will lie in state in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol on Friday.
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