SPARTA, NJ - Female leaders from across the country, the state, and the local community are mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, Sept. 18. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years.
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer and champion for women and I am hopeful that the momentum which she brought to the Supreme Court will continue to propel women’s rights forward,” Sparta attorney Jackie O’Donnell said. “I had the good fortune of listening to her during Oral Argument in Washington DC three years ago when I was sworn into the Supreme Court of the United States.
“I will always admire her for her courageous and brilliant proclivities to change the roles of men and women. However, my favorite quote by her is below. Even in her grandeur, she continued to challenge lawyers to use the education we have to fight for the underrepresented and make a difference. Her quotes embody her passion for justice for all people, and I personally believe that to be able to do so is an integral part of my law career.”
"I tell law students...if you are going to be a lawyer and just practice your profession, you have a skill - very much like a plumber. But if you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself...something that makes life a little better for people less fortunate than you." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2012.
When Ruth Bader Ginsburg graduated from law school, she said she could not get hired by a law firm and that the only position she could get was teaching. She was on the faculty of Rutgers Law School in Newark from 1963 to 1972.
“I was deeply saddened to hear of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing,” Sparta attorney Janine M. Cerra said. “She wasn’t just a phenomenal legal mind, she was an icon among us women in the law. She personified true strength, sheer power and solid determination throughout her legal career, but especially in these last years of her life. She leaves an amazing legacy that will be a foundation upon which women in the law should continue to build upon.
“I learned many years ago that RBG raised her daughter while attending law school. I also was a mother of three, giving birth to my fourth child in my first year when I attended law school. It’s a daunting task, but I cannot imagine the immense strength it took her to do so in the late 50s when it wasn’t fully accepted to attend law school as a woman, never mind as a mother. There was no such thing as ‘life balance’ back then. Now, it’s a commonly accepted premise. She paved the way for so many of us, not just in her Dissents, but in the way she lived her life.”
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts said of Justice Ginsburg: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her -- a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
A private interment service for Justice Ginsburg will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. She is survived by her two children: Jane Carol Ginsburg (George Spera) and James Steven Ginsburg (Patrice Michaels), four grandchildren: Paul Spera (Francesca Toich), Clara Spera (Rory Boyd), Miranda Ginsburg, Abigail Ginsburg, two step-grandchildren: Harjinder Bedi, Satinder Bedi, and one great-grandchild: Lucrezia Spera. Her husband, Martin David Ginsburg, died in 2010.