Sept. 27, 2020

Farewell Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

by Charles Douglas Owens, II (author's profile)


Farewell Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Justice Ginsburg was an intelligent, fair-minded, and legendary
jurist who firmly believed that legal adversaries should be able to
"disagree without being disagreeable."

She will forever be a legend to anyone - conservative or liberal - who has
ever studied the law or American jurisprudence. She will forever be a
hero to anyone who has ever believed in or fought for civil rights, equality,
and social justice.

Though I never met Justice Ginsburg, I felt as if I knew her - as
did so many others in this country. When I began studying law, I learned
by reading the work of others. I would access Court records and study
briefs filed by attorneys I admired like Margaret Winter, Bryan Stevenson,
and Rob McDuff - all legendary in their own right. Their work taught me
how to argue law. But Justice Ginsburg's Opinions through the years
taught me how to reason, how to analyze the law. And Justice Ginsburg's
dissents taught me how to sow seeds for change in the law.

Eventually through the years I've been honored to meet and work with
many of the attorneys whose work taught me so much before I ever met them.
But Justice Ginsburg, who never knew me or met me, taught me so much
that I'll never be able to thank her for.

She will be missed. Her life, legacy, and lessons will never be forgotten.

"A meaningful life is one lived not
just for one's self, but also for
one's community."
- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


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