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Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue, Volume 2 compiles previously unpublished speeches, briefs, oral arguments, dissenting opinions of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and traces the long history of her work for gender equality and a "more perfect Union".
The collection is the result of a period of collaboration between Ginsburg and Amanda L. Tyler, a Berkeley Law professor and former Ginsburg law clerk. During Justice Ginsburg's visit to Berkeley, she told her life story in conversation with Tyler. Here, the two bring together that conversation and other materials--many previously unpublished--that share details from Justice Ginsburg's family life and long career. These include notable briefs and oral arguments, some of Ginsburg's last speeches, and her favorite opinions that she wrote as a Supreme Court Justice (many in dissent), along with the statements that she read from the bench in those important cases. Each document was chosen by Ginsburg and Tyler to tell the story of the litigation strategy and optimistic vision that were at the heart of Ginsburg's unwavering commitment to the achievement of justice.
Tyler will be joined in conversation by Clara Spera. She is an Equal Justice Works fellowship attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project. Prior to her fellowship, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert A Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. Denise L. Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is a 2017 graduate of Harvard Law School, where her law school class of over 500 hundred students was evenly split among men and women (for the first time in the institution's history), a far cry from 1956, when her grandmother, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was one among nine women entering her Harvard Law School class.
Matt Ford is a staff writer at The New Republic. His work focuses on law, the courts, and democracy. Originally from Nevada, he previously wrote for The Atlantic.