SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Cambridge Univ. 2015. 336p. ed. by . notes. index. ISBN 9781107062467. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781316234785. LAW
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In this superb collection of essays celebrating the jurisprudence of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, editor Dodson (law, Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair, Univ. of California Hastings Coll. of the Law) assembles a star-studded cast of legal scholars and commentators. Prominent academics such as Lani Guinier and Joan C. Williams join journalists Dahlia Lithwick and Nina Totenberg to provide insight into the many facets of Ginsburg's work throughout every phase of her career. For instance, Herma Hill Kay chronicles the justice's achievements at Rutgers-Newark and Columbia law schools. Not surprisingly, Ginsburg—or the Notorious R.B.G., as she is affectionately known among her numerous admirers—pioneered women's rights in the academy and beyond. As director of the American Civil Liberty Union's Women's Rights Project, Ginsburg was a powerful advocate for women and ardently supported the Equal Rights Amendment. As a Supreme Court justice, she is famous for her fierce dissents, such as the one issued in the Lilly Ledbetter case advocating equal pay for equal work and dispensing with draconian statutory interpretations. Ultimately, Ginsburg's position was vindicated when Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.
VERDICT Ideal for legal scholars and readers of Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz's Uncertain Justice.

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