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Updated November 4, 2020.
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Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Try a Law Library Catalog search for Ginsburg, Ruth Bader to find resources like these, among many more.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy of Dissent by
Publication Date: 2018-03-20
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's lifelong effort to reshape the language of American law has had profound consequences: she has shifted the rhetorical boundaries of jurisprudence on a wide range of fundamental issues from equal protection to reproductive rights. By directly confronting the patriarchal voice of the law, she pointedly challenged an entrenched genre of legal language that silenced the voices and experiences of American women and undermined their status as equal citizens. This illuminating work examines Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's contributions in reshaping the rhetoric of the law (specifically through the lens of watershed cases in women's rights) and describes her rhetorical contributions--beginning with her work in the 1970s as a lawyer and an advocate for the ACLU's Women's Rights Project through her tenure as a Supreme Court justice. Katie L. Gibson examines Ginsburg's rhetoric to argue that she has dramatically shifted the boundaries of legal language.
The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by
Publication Date: 2015-01-26
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a legal icon. In more than four decades as a lawyer, professor, appellate judge, and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ginsburg has influenced the law and society in real and permanent ways. This book chronicles and evaluates the remarkable achievements Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made over the past half century. Including chapters written by prominent court watchers and leading scholars from law, political science, and history, it offers diverse perspectives on an array of doctrinal areas and on different time periods in Ginsburg's career. Together, these perspectives document the impressive legacy of one of the most important figures in modern law.
Process of Judicial Selection to the Supreme Court
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Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change by
Publication Date: 2015-06-11
Before Supreme Court nominees are allowed take their place on the high Court, they must face a moment of democratic reckoning by appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Despite the potential this holds for public input into the direction of legal change, the hearings are routinely derided as nothing but empty rituals and political grandstanding. In this book, Collins and Ringhand present a contrarian view that uses both empirical data and stories culled from more than seventy years of transcripts to demonstrate that the hearings are a democratic forum for the discussion and ratification of constitutional change. As such, they are one of the ways in which "We the People" take ownership of the Constitution by examining the core constitutional values of those permitted to interpret it on our behalf.
Two-Fer: Electing a President and a Supreme Court by
Publication Date: 2012-04-30
When presidents name justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, they may be making significant decisions in terms of the lasting and direct impact on the American people and their freedoms. Looking at Supreme Court decisions of the past two hundred years as well as current decisions on the most contentious issues of the day, Bolick explains why judicial nominations are more ideologically driven than ever before and why recent presidents have proved more successful than their predecessors in appointing judges who reflect their judicial philosophies. Two-Fer clearly shows why the shaping of the judiciary is often the most important decision a president will make—and why her or his nominations will have tangible consequences for generations to come.
Packing the Court: the rise of judicial power and the coming crisis of the Supreme Court by
Publication Date: 2009-06-25
In Packing the Court, Burns turns his eye to the U.S. Supreme Court, an institution that he believes has become more powerful, and more partisan, than the founding fathers ever intended. In a compelling and provocative narrative, Burns reveals how the Supreme Court has served as a reactionary force in American politics at critical moments throughout the nation's history, and concludes with a bold proposal to rein in the court's power.