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Justice Ginsburg Will Receive ABA Medal, the Association’s Highest Honor

Posted Jul 6, 2010 10:32 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will receive the American Bar Association Medal, the ABA’s highest honor, at the association’s annual meeting in August.

ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm announced the selection in a press release, saying the award recognizes the justice’s “immense contribution to the rule of law.”

“Justice Ginsburg has shown a steadfast commitment to preserving and advancing individual rights that is ever-more crucial in our modern world, where issues of security, technological advances, global business and personal relationships, and world governance issues all have the potential to impinge on personal liberties,” Lamm said.

Lamm praised Ginsburg for her “brilliance, keen legal analytical ability and elegance on the court, contributing significantly to the development of our country's jurisprudence.”

Ginsburg was formerly a federal appeals judge, a law professor, general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, counsel to the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and a member of the ABA Journal Board of Editors.

Past justices who won the ABA Medal include Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O’Connor, William J. Brennan Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Warren Burger, Lewis F. Powell Jr., Oliver Wendell Holmes and Felix Frankfurter.

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