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2016 Conference & Career Fair: Keynote Session

A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Session Details

Students, law school professionals and employers registered for the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair are welcome to attend  "A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg" on Friday, October 27 2017 from 4pm-5pm.

Seating is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis with attendees able to line up within a half hour of doors opening. Video streaming of the session will be made available in overflow rooms. Please note that career fair interviews will continue throughout this session and plan your schedule accordingly. 

Please direct any logistical questions to Claire Cusella, Program Manager at,

If you are a member of the press, please direct any inquiries to Sarah Lackritz, Director Marketing & Communications. 


Speaker Bios


Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954, and has a daughter, Jane, and a son, James. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. 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 1959–1961.

From 1961–1963, 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 1963–1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977–1978.

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 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. 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 August 10, 1993. 


The Honorable Ann C. Williams

On November 10, 1999, Ann Williams was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by President William J. Clinton.  Judge Williams became the first African American ever appointed to the Seventh Circuit and the third African American woman to serve on any United States Court of Appeals.  Judge Williams had previously been appointed in 1985 by President Ronald W. Reagan to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  She was the first African American woman appointed to a district court in the Seventh Circuit, which includes all federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

In addition to her memberships in various bar groups, including the Chicago, Women’s, Cook County, Black Women Lawyers, Federal, and American Bar Associations, Williams also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Equal Justice Works, and Just the Beginning Foundation.

Before becoming a lawyer, Ann Williams began her career as a music and third grade teacher in the inner city public schools of Detroit, Michigan, after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree from Wayne State University in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Michigan while working full time.  She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.