Rose Zetzer Fellow Kara Citarella (second from left) joins UM Carey Law Professor and WLE Founder and Director Paula Monopoli (far right) and other Fellows for a meeting with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
How often does the typical law student get a backstage pass to the Supreme Court and the chance to meet a justice?
The Rose Zetzer Fellows of Maryland Carey Law’s Women, Leadership & Equality Program (WLE) were fortunate enough to get just that in November, 2014, when, after a private tour of the Supreme Court, we met the brilliant Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Our tour included the small but impressive Supreme Court Room as well as the Court’s beautiful private library (accessible to any lawyer who applies for admission after being barred for three years in the highest court in his or her state). Our tour guide was the best of the best – not only a lover of history, but an actor and lawyer who made her stories of the Court and its justices come to life with humor and wit.
The Fellows joined two other law school groups for our private audience with Justice Ginsburg. The iconic 81-year-old remains as sharp and determined as ever. She gave a short history lesson, answered questions, and took pictures with us before heading off to the opera with her law clerks.
During our meeting, Justice Ginsburg reminded us that persistence and a “never say die” attitude are two of the most important attributes we can possess as women and as lawyers. She has obviously followed her own advice; her legacy speaks for itself. In the process of creating it, she paved the way for thousands of women who came after her and has become not only a living feminist legend, but a compassionate voice for the people and a lawyer worthy of respect and emulation by any member of our profession, regardless of gender.
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