By all accounts, the appearance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg yesterday at NYU Law was a huge success. As always, she had interesting perspective on the past and future of women lawyers and on workplace dynamics. Here is a link to coverage of the event.
I heard Justice Ginsburg speak at a law banquet years ago, and I found her completely believable, entertaining and without a scintilla of hubris. What you see is exactly what you get with her. Her sense of humor alone is so charming when combined with the realization that she is one of the most powerful legal intellects of our time.
My daughter drew a long straw when she was a law student and was chosen to attend an “intimate” conversation with Justice Ginsburg at the law school. I remember the collective comments from the ten students chosen for this privilege about what an “adorable” woman the Justice is. That was before she became notorious, and I had to remind them that she can slice and dice like no one else when a legal argument does not hold water. But, I guess it is fair to say that she does it in an adorable way, and she dresses the part. Who can resist the lace jabots? And what a collection she has.
Some highlights from the report of the event are as follow:
- Her support for the #MeToo Movement;
- Not letting the bad behavior of others influence the good behavior you expect of yourself;
- The importance of having strong female colleagues;
- Her proposed “equal legal treatment” amendment to the Constitution; and
- The importance of laughter in relationships and work environments.
Read the full article and see for yourself.
You go, Notorious RBG! Long may you reign.