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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg provides Berkeley Legislation’s inaugural Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture in Zellerbach Corridor on Oct. 21, 2019. (Berkeley Legislation photograph by Jim Block)

At 13, Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote an article in her faculty paper about the significance of the Magna Carta, the Invoice of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. However she didn’t take into consideration pursuing a profession in legislation as a result of she didn’t see any girls in the area.

When she started school at Cornell, nevertheless, she realized about how attorneys had been defending folks known as in for questioning throughout the wave of Communist accusations led by Senator Joe McCarthy. In studying about their advocacy, “I obtained the concept that being a lawyer was a reasonably nifty factor,” mentioned Ginsburg at an Oct. 21 occasion at UC Berkeley.

Ginsburg, who, at 86, is the oldest U.S. Supreme Court Justice, gave Berkeley Legislation’s inaugural Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture to a packed home of Berkeley Legislation college students, school and workers in Zellberbach Corridor.

Ginsburg and Kay, who each graduated from legislation faculty in 1959, had been trailblazers for girls in the legislation and gender equality. They met at a convention on girls in the legislation in 1971, and went on to co-author the first casebook on sex-based discrimination. They had been good mates for many years earlier than Kay, who taught for 57 years at Berkeley Legislation and was its first lady dean, died in 2017.

Throughout the lecture, Ginsburg talks about the challenges she confronted as a lady in a male-dominated area, how “overjoyed” she is that ladies are actually welcomed at the bar and on the bench, how unconscious bias remains to be an issue — and the “zest for all times” she has after having survived a number of bouts of most cancers.

Learn extra about the occasion on Berkeley Legislation’s web site.

Watch a video of the dialog between Ginsburg and Berkeley Legislation professor and Ginsburg’s former clerk, Amanda Tyler.

Ginsburg speaks with Berkeley Legislation professor Amanda Tyler throughout Berkeley Legislation’s inaugural Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture on Oct. 21, 2019. (UC Berkeley video by Instructional Know-how Providers)