Recognized As a Force for Change

Ginsburg to receive Radcliffe Medal
Photo by Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.Photo by Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Harvard Gazette
May 28, 2015

“We present the Radcliffe Medal to an individual who has been a powerful and impressive force for change, someone who takes risks and forges ahead. These are hallmarks of Radcliffe.”

Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, made this statement in announcing that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, is this year’s Radcliffe Medal recipient. Ginsburg will be honored at a luncheon on May 29 during Radcliffe Day, an annual celebration of Radcliffe.

“Throughout Justice Ginsburg’s career, she has worked to advance equality and justice. On Radcliffe Day, we honor her values and her impact as a litigator, judge, and justice,” said Cohen, who is also the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies.

The luncheon will include remarks from retired Associate Justice David H. Souter ’61, LL.B. ’66. Kathleen M. Sullivan, J.D. ’81, will conduct an in-depth conversation with Ginsburg about her work as an advocate and a jurist. Sullivan, a former professor of law at Harvard and Stanford universities and a former dean of Stanford Law School, is currently a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

Roughly 1,000 people are expected to attend Radcliffe Day events. The morning panel, “A Decade of Decisions and Dissents: The Roberts Court, from 2005 to Today,” will focus on the major trends and precedents of the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts and on the court’s relationship to Congress.

Moderated by Margaret H. Marshall, Ed.M. ’69, a former chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, a senior research fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, and the 2012 Radcliffe Medalist, “A Decade of Decisions and Dissents” will feature the following panelists:

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, J.D. ’05, assistant professor of law, Georgia State University College of Law

John Manning ’82, J.D. ’85, Bruce Bromley Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Please note: Radcliffe Day 2015 is at capacity. At this time, there are no additional tickets available, and tickets are required to attend Radcliffe Day 2015 in person. No walk-in attendees will be accepted. The Radcliffe Day luncheon remarks will be webcast live on May 29. The event will also be available online in June.

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