Radcliffe Day

Radcliffe Day 2015: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Receive Radcliffe Medal

Radcliffe Day 2015

The Radcliffe Medal is presented annually to an individual who has had a transformative impact on society. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will receive this year’s award on May 29, 2015, at Radcliffe Day, an annual celebration of Radcliffe’s past, present, and future.

The Radcliffe Day lunch in Radcliffe Yard will feature remarks from the retired associate justice David H. Souter '61, LLB '66, and Kathleen M. Sullivan JD ’81 will engage Ginsburg in an expansive conversation that will explore her work as an advocate and a jurist to advance equality and justice. Sullivan, a former professor of law at Harvard and Stanford and a former dean of Stanford Law School, is a partner in Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo by Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United StatesRuth Bader Ginsburg. Photo by Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

The day begins with a morning panel, “A Decade of Decisions and Dissents: The Roberts Court, from 2005 to Today,” moderated by Margaret H. Marshall EdM ’69, the former chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and a senior research fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. She will engage the following accomplished panelists in a comprehensive discussion:

  • Linda Greenhouse ’68, Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School, and former Supreme Court correspondent, the New York Times
  • Michael Klarman, Kirkland & Ellis Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Lauren Sudeall Lucas JD ’05, assistant professor of law, Georgia State University College of Law
  • John F. Manning ’82, JD ’85, Bruce Bromley Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

View case summaries for background on the legal issues that will be discussed as we explore the first 10 years of the Roberts Court.

Radcliffe Day is open to the public and draws a crowd of hundreds with strong representation from Radcliffe College, the Radcliffe Institute, and Harvard alumnae/i, as well as University leaders. Everyone is welcome. It is an opportunity to honor the legacy of Radcliffe College and to celebrate the Radcliffe Institute’s dedication to generating and sharing ideas.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954, and has a daughter, Jane, and a son, James. She received her BA from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LLB 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 to 1961. From 1961 to 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 to 1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972 to 1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977 to 1978. In 1971, she was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973 to 1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974 to 1980. 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 on August 10, 1993.

Linda Greenhouse

Photo courtesy of Linda GreenhousePhoto courtesy of Linda GreenhouseLinda Greenhouse is the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at Yale Law School. She assumed this position in 2009 after a 40-year career at the New York Times, including 30 years covering the United States Supreme Court. As a contributing columnist, she currently writes a biweekly op-ed column on the Supreme Court and law for the Times website. She received numerous journalism awards for her reporting, including a Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 1998, the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association in 2002, and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard Kennedy School in 2004. Her latest book is The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012). Other recent publications include Becoming Justice Blackmun (2005) and, with Reva B. Siegel, Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (2d edition, 2012). Greenhouse served a term as a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers (2009–2015). She is a vice president of the American Philosophical Society and a member of the council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College and received a master of studies in law from Yale Law School, which she attended on a Ford Foundation Fellowship.

Michael Klarman

Photo by Phil FarnsworthPhoto by Phil FarnsworthProfessor Michael J. Klarman is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School, where he joined the faculty in 2008. He received his BA and MA (political theory) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980, his JD from Stanford Law School in 1983, and his DPhil in legal history from the University of Oxford (1988), where he was a Marshall Scholar. After law school, Professor Klarman clerked for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit (1983–1984). He joined the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1987 and served there until 2008 as the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History.

Klarman has also served as the Ralph S. Tyler, Jr., Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, Distinguished Visiting Lee Professor of Law at the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School, and Visiting Professor at Yale Law School.

Klarman has won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, which are primarily in the areas of Constitutional Law and Constitutional History. In 2009 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Klarman’s first book, From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004 and received the 2005 Bancroft Prize in History. He published two books in the summer of 2007, also with Oxford University Press: Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement and Unfinished Business: Racial Equality in American History, which is part of Oxford’s Inalienable Rights series. In 2012, he published From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage. He is currently working on a revisionist history of the Founding.

Lauren Sudeall Lucas

Photo courtesy of Lauren Sudeall LucasPhoto courtesy of Lauren Sudeall LucasLauren Sudeall Lucas, assistant professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law, teaches Constitutional Law and Capital Punishment. Her scholarly work to date has focused on the relationship between rights and identity as well as the intersection of constitutional law and criminal procedure. Other research interests include the constitutional treatment of multiracial and economically and politically marginalized populations. Her recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and the Federal Sentencing Reporter, among other publications.

Before joining the academy, Lucas clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She then worked at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, first as a Soros Justice Fellow and later as a staff attorney. At the Southern Center, she represented indigent capital clients in Georgia and Alabama and litigated civil claims regarding constitutional violations within the criminal justice system, based primarily on the right to counsel. She serves on the Southern Center’s board of directors and on the Indigent Defense Committee of the State Bar of Georgia.

Lucas graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as treasurer of the Harvard Law Review. She received her BA with distinction from Yale University.

John F. Manning

Photo by Phil FarnsworthPhoto by Phil FarnsworthJohn F. Manning is the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, whose faculty he joined in 2004. He has also been Deputy Dean since 2013. Prior to coming to Harvard, Manning was the Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he began teaching in 1994. Manning teaches administrative law, federal courts, legislation and regulation, separation of powers, and statutory interpretation. His writing focuses on statutory interpretation and structural constitutional law. Manning is a coeditor of Hart & Wechsler’s Federal Courts and the Federal System (6th ed., 2009) (with Richard Fallon, Daniel Meltzer, and David Shapiro), and Legislation and Regulation (2d ed., 2013) (with Matthew Stephenson). Prior to entering teaching, Manning served as an assistant to the Solicitor General in the US Department of Justice (1991–1994), an associate in the DC office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (1989–1991), and an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel in the US Department of Justice (1986–1988). He served as a law clerk to Hon. Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court of the United States (1988–1989) and to Hon. Robert H. Bork on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit (1985–1986). Manning graduated from Harvard Law School in 1985 and Harvard College in 1982. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Margaret H. Marshall

Photo by Kristen Weller, Choate, Hall & StewartPhoto by Kristen Weller, Choate, Hall & StewartMargaret H. Marshall is a retired chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. She is presently senior counsel at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP in Boston and a senior research fellow and lecturer at Harvard Law School. Born in South Africa, she earned a BA from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. After graduating from Yale Law School, she practiced law for 16 years in Boston before her appointment as vice president and general counsel of Harvard University in 1992. She was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court in 1996 and became chief justice in 1999, the first woman to hold that position.

During her 14 years on the court, Marshall wrote more than 300 opinions, many of them groundbreaking—including the 2003 decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which declared that the Massachusetts Constitution prohibits the state from denying same-sex couples access to civil marriage. The ruling made Massachusetts the first state to legalize gay marriage. Marshall is a member of the council of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The recipient of numerous honorary degrees and professional awards, she has published many scholarly articles on judicial independence and the role of state courts in the United States.

David H. Souter

Photo courtesy of David H. SouterPhoto courtesy of David H. SouterDavid H. Souter, retired associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1939. He graduated from Harvard College, from which he received his AB. After two years as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, he received an AB in Jurisprudence from Oxford University and an MA in 1989. After receiving an LLB from Harvard Law School, he was an associate at Orr and Reno in Concord, New Hampshire, from 1966 to 1968, when he became an Assistant Attorney General of New Hampshire. In 1971, he became Deputy Attorney General and in 1976, Attorney General of New Hampshire. In 1978, he was named an Associate Justice of the Superior Court of New Hampshire, and was appointed to the Supreme Court of New Hampshire as an Associate Justice in 1983. He became a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on May 25, 1990. President Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat on October 9, 1990. Justice Souter retired from the Supreme Court on June 29, 2009.

Kathleen M. Sullivan

Photo courtesy of Kathleen M. SullivanPhoto courtesy of Kathleen M. SullivanKathleen M. Sullivan, a former professor of law at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools, is partner and chair of the national appellate practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where she argues a wide variety of cases in the US Supreme Court and federal and state courts. Over her three decades in academia, she taught constitutional law to a generation of law students, served as Dean of Stanford Law School, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. The first woman dean of any school at Stanford, she is now the first woman name partner at any Am Law 100 law firm. The National Law Journal has named her one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. Sullivan holds a BA from Cornell University, where she was a Telluride Scholar, an MA from the University of Oxford, which she attended as a Marshall Scholar, and a JD from Harvard Law School, where she won the Ames Moot Court Competition.