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Virtual Program | When Women Win, We All Win: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Feminist Legacy


Perhaps more than any legal mind in US history, Ruth Bader Ginsburg changed the landscape of gender equality.

Join us as we unpack RBG’s seminal decisions and dissents. From her famed opinion in Reed v. Reed (1971), to Craig v. Boren (1976), United States v. Virginia (1996), and Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Inc. (2007), Ginsburg’s brilliant arguments forever changed the status quo for women and men alike. NYU Professor of Law Melissa Murray, Cardoza Professor of Law Kate Shaw, and President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center Fatima Goss Graves explore RBG’s impact and feminist legal vision, and discuss the unfinished work that is yet to be done. Moderated by Corey Brettschneider, Brown University professor of political science and editor of Decisions and Dissents of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Thursday, January 07, 2021

6:30 pm

Virtual Program via Zoom Webinar


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    Melissa Murray

    Melissa Murray is the Frederick I. and Grace Stoke Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network at NYU Law. Her  research focuses on the legal regulation of sex and sexuality. She is an author of “Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice,” the first casebook to cover the field of reproductive rights and justice. She has translated her scholarly writing for more popular audiences by publishing in the New York Times, Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, Vanity Fair, and the Huffington Post, and has offered commentary for numerous media outlets, including NPR, MSNBC, and PBS.

    Murray is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale Law School. She clerked for Sonia Sotomayor, then of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Stefan Underhill of the US District Court for the District of Connecticut. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Murray was on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. From March 2016 to June 2017, she served as interim dean of Berkeley Law.

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    Kate Shaw

    Kate Shaw is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Before joining Cardozo School of Law, Shaw worked in the Obama White House Counsel’s Office as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. She clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

    Professor Shaw is a graduate of Brown University and Northwestern University. Her scholarly work has appeared, among other places, in the Columbia Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, and her popular writing has appeared in the New York Times and Slate. She recently edited the book “Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories,” with Reva Siegel and Melissa Murray. She also serves as a contributor with ABC News, co-hosts the Supreme Court podcast Strict Scrutiny, and serves as a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS).

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    Fatima Goss Graves

    Fatima Goss Graves is President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center. She has held multiple roles at the National Women’s Law Center including Senior Vice President for Program and Vice President for Education and Employment where she led anti-discrimination initiatives, including work to promote equal pay, and address harassment and violence at work and in school, with a particular focus on outcomes for women and girls of color.  She is a co-founder of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which connects those who experience sexual misconduct in the workplace with legal and public relations assistance.

    Goss Graves regularly testifies before Congress and federal agencies, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and other public education forums. Ms. Goss Graves appears often in print and on air as a legal expert on issues core to women’s lives, including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, AP, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, MSNBC, PBS and NPR.

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    Corey Brettschneider

    Moderator Corey Brettschneider is professor of political science at Brown University, where he teaches constitutional law and political theory, and the author of “Decisions and Dissents of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg: A Selection.” His recent writing has appeared in The New York Times, Politico, and The Washington Post. His new book is “The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents” (WW Norton, 2018), which Kirkus calls “vital reading for all Americans.” He is also the author of “When the State Speaks What Should It Say? How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality” (Princeton University Press, 2012) and “Democratic Rights: The Substance of Self-Government” (Princeton University Press, 2007). He is the author of numerous articles in top political science journals and law reviews, including the American Political Science Review and The Texas Law Review. His constitutional law casebook is widely used in classrooms throughout the United States. Brettschneider holds a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton and a JD from Stanford Law School.