Students in D.C. Program Meet Justice Ginsberg

Justice Ginsberg with Hamilton Students
Justice Ginsberg with Hamilton Students
On Friday, April 15, the Hamilton students currently participating in the college's Washington D.C. program attended a small group lecture with Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg and students from Cornell and American University. The meeting took place in the Supreme Court's Lawyers Lounge. Justice Ginsberg spoke for a short time about Belva Lockwood, one of her heroes. Lockwood became the first woman admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court in 1879. Ginsberg wrote a forward for the recently published book Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would be President by Jill Norgren.

Lockwood "went out for what she wanted and she got most of what she wanted," Justice Ginsberg said. "She did not go home and cry." After speaking about the life of Lockwood, she then opened the floor to questions.

Matthew Everett '08 asked Ginsberg when executive privilege is a legitimate claim, and where that line is drawn. Julianne Jaquith '08 asked the Justice to describe her experiences as a woman in a field that has been predominantly dominated by men.

After answering questions Ginsberg hurried off to continue her work of that day, choosing which cases the Supreme Court would hear in the upcoming weeks.

- By, Eric Kuhn '09

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