The Sixth Annual Capital City Constitution Day Celebration is hosted by The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource), The Institute for Constitutional History at The New-York Historical Society, and The George Washington University School of Law.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She is the second female justice (after Sandra Day O'Connor) and the first Jewish female justice.
She is generally viewed as belonging to the liberal wing of the Court. Before becoming a judge, Ginsburg spent a considerable portion of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of women's rights as a constitutional principle. She advocated as a volunteer lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its board of directors and one of its general counsel in the 1970s. She was a professor at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Columbia Law School. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Maeva Marcus is a leading scholar in the field of constitutional studies. She received a Ph.D. in history with distinction from Columbia University. Her dissertation, Truman and the Steel Seizure Case, was published by Columbia University Press (1977) and remains in print from Duke University Press. As editor of The Documentary History of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789-1800, Dr. Marcus published eight volumes along with many related articles on legal history. She is a research professor of law at The George Washington University Law School and director of the Institute for Constitutional History. From 1983 to 1987, she was a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. In October 2007, she became president of the American Society for Legal History and will serve a two-year term.
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg argues that she would still like to see the Equal Rights Amendment pass because she would like to see a full statement of women's citizenship in the Constitution.