In the fall of 2019, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited the University of California, Berkeley School of Law to deliver the first annual lecture in honor of her friend, the late Herma Hill Kay, with whom Ginsburg coauthored the very first casebook on sex-based discrimination. During Justice Ginsburg's visit to Berkeley, she told her life story in conversation with Berkeley Law professor (and her former law clerk) Amanda L. Tyler.
In a decades-long career, Ginsburg was an advocate and jurist for gender equality and for ensuring that the United States Constitution leaves no person behind. Her work transformed not just the American legal landscape, but American society more generally. With her death, the country lost a hero and national treasure whose incredible life and legacy made the United States a more just society and one in which “We the People,” for whom the Constitution is written, includes everyone.
In this collection, Ginsburg and Taylor explore details from Ginsburg's family life and long career. They share 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). Each document was chosen to tell the story of the optimistic vision that were at the heart of Ginsburg's unwavering commitment to the achievement of "a more perfect Union."