Justice Ginsburg speaks at New England Law Boston

Issue April 2009

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the keynote speaker at New England Law Boston’s centennial Law Day Dinner on March 13. She spoke about collegiality on the Court, saying that despite “sharp differences on certain issues … in recent terms, we have even managed to agree, unanimously, 40 to 50 percent of the time. ... All of us appreciate that the institution we serve is far more important than the particular individuals who compose the Court’s bench at any given time.”

Following the dinner, Dean John O’Brien led the approximately 1,500 attendees in a round of “Happy Birthday” and presented Ginsburg with a cake to celebrate her 76th birthday on Sunday.

New England Law Boston, the nation’s first women’s law school (as Portia Law), is celebrating its centennial this year. Guests of honor at the dinner included alums Margaret Doyle (Portia Law School ’32) and Eleonora Burke (Portia Law School ’35). Look for more extensive coverage of women in the law in next month’s Lawyers Journal.