Conversation with Justice Ginsburg
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NAPABA Presents

Diversity in the Legal Profession: A conversation with U.S.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, moderated by 

California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin H. Liu

Hosted by GW Law


Discussion: Sept. 12, 2018 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Lisner Auditorium | Washington, DC

Reception: Immediately to follow

NAPABA presents a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, moderated by California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin H. Liu, and hosted by GW Law.  The discussion and reception are separately ticketed events.


RSVP for the Discussion | RSVP for the discussion is now closed.NAPABA members (affiliate and direct) are eligible for priority seating that will not be available to the general public. Limit five tickets per registrant. Tickets are available at no cost and may not be offered for sale.


RSVP for the Reception | We have reached capacity for the reception and are no longer taking RSVPs. NAPABA direct members are invited to attend a post-discussion reception with Justice Ginsburg. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are non-transferrable.


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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954, and has a daughter, Jane, and a son, James. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959–1961. From 1961–1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was a Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963–1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977–1978. In 1971, she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. She served on the Board and Executive Committee of the American Bar Foundation from 1979-1989, on the Board of Editors of the American Bar Association Journal from 1972-1978, and on the Council of the American Law Institute from 1978-1993. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. President Clinton nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat August 10, 1993.



Justice Goodwin Liu is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.  Before joining the court in 2011, he was Associate Dean and Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Justice Liu graduated from Yale Law School in 1998, becoming the first in his family to earn a law degree. He clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then worked as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. He clerked at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the October 2000 Term. From 2001 to 2003, he worked in the litigation practice of O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C.  The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Justice Liu grew up in Sacramento and went to Stanford University, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1991. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a masters degree in philosophy and physiology. From 1993 to 1995, he served as a Senior Program Officer at the Corporation for National Service, helping to launch the AmeriCorps program. In 2017, Justice Liu coauthored the first comprehensive study of Asian Americans in the legal profession. He serves on the Council of the American Law Institute, the Board of Directors of the James Irvine Foundation, the California Commission on Access to Justice, and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology, and Law.

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