Remembering Justice Ginsburg: How she inspired students at Rutgers Law School
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a connection with
New Jersey that will last for generations to come, spending part of her career
by teaching students at Rutgers
Law School in Newark.
"I think there is a lot of us who came to law school and are pursuing a law degree specifically because of her," says third-year law student Erin Sweeney.
Ginsburg devoted her life to fighting for justice and equality and
inspiring others to do the same. It was the Ginsburg way to instill core values
in her students, reminding them to never take no for an answer.
"Right now, our law school is 51% female, and so all
of that attributes to the fights that Justice Ginsburg led as a lawyer with the
women's rights project,” says David Lopez, co-dean at Rutgers Law School.
Lopez says Ginsburg is always a topic of discussion during orientation.
Ginsburg taught at Rutgers from 1963 to 1972, telling her female
students not to settle.
"Not only I as a black woman has benefited, but humanity has
benefited, and she opened doors, and I was one of them who was
fortunate to get through those doors,” says Rutgers Law School alumni Marilyn
Ginsburg would tell them you can have it all -- you could be a
wife, you could be a mother, you could be a professional, adding to not let anyone
tell you have to pick and choose.
Students and faculty say Ginsburg's legacy is felt on the campus each day and will continue to inspire and shape the next generation of lawyers to come.