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Honorary Degree Conferral of Doctor of Law to Ruth Bader Ginsburg collection

 Collection — Envelope: 1
Identifier: 3/4/1390
Collection contains announcements, invitations, tickets, and other materials from the awarding of the honorary degree of Doctor of Law to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg by the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the subsequent speaking events held at the Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre on the University at Buffalo's North Campus, and at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York, on Monday, August 26, 2019. Also contains copies of news articles detailing Justice Ginsburg's visit to the University at Buffalo.

Dates

  • 2019

Terms of Access

The Honorary Degree Conferral of Doctor of Law to Ruth Bader Ginsburg collection, 2019 is open to researchers.

Copyright

Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Extent

.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

Collection contains documentation and ephemera from the awarding of the honorary degree of Doctor of Law to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg by the State University of New York at Buffalo and the subsequent speaking events held at the Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre on the University at Buffalo's North Campus, and at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York, on Monday, August 26, 2019.

Biographical Note

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 15, 1933. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B from Columbia Law School. Ginsburg served as a law clerk to Judge Edmund L. Palmieri of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1959-1961. She then became associate director of a comparative law project sponsored by Columbia University which required her to study the Swedish legal system. In 1963 Ginsburg joined the faculty of Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. In 1972 she was hired by Columbia Law School, where she taught until 1980. Ginsburg served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977-1978. In the 1970s Ginsburg litigated sex discrimination cases for the American Civil Liberties Union, and was instrumental in launching its Women’s Rights Project in 1973. She served as general counsel of the ACLU from 1973-1980 and on the National Board of Directors from 1974-1980. President Jimmy Carter appointed Ginsburg to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. On June 14, 1993 Ginsburg accepted President Bill Clinton’s nomination to the Supreme Court and took her seat on August 10, 1993. https://www.supremecourthistory.org/history-of-the-court/the-current-court/justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg/

Historical Note

The State University of New York (SUNY) has a notable history of awarding honorary doctoral degrees to exemplary individuals at the University at Buffalo. Gregory B. Jarvis (1986), Jane Goodall (2001), and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama (2006) are just a few of the many distinguished professionals who have received honorary doctoral degrees at the University at Buffalo. The honorary degree conferral of Doctor of Law to Ruth Bader Ginsburg marks the first visit of a United States Supreme Court Justice to the University at Buffalo, and marks the first United States Supreme Court Justice to be presented with a SUNY honorary degree.

Arrangement

Collection materials are grouped together according to event. Distinct events are the announcement of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's visit to the University at Buffalo, the Honorary Degree Presentation and Discussion at the Center for the Arts, and the Conversation with the Law Community at Kleinhans Music Hall.

Acquisition Information

Portions of the collection were gifted to the University Archives, donated by attendees of the various events having to do with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s visit to the University at Buffalo in 2019.

Accruals and Additions

Additional accruals are expected.

Source

Title
Finding Aid for the Honorary Degree Conferral of Doctor of Law to Ruth Bader Ginsburg collection
Status
completed
Author
Jessica Hollister, Archives staff
Date
24 September 2019
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

Contact:
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Buffalo New York 14260-1674 US
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