WASHINGTON, D.C. — Independent Women’s Law Center (IWLC) mourns the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a true trailblazer in the law. Like Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the High Court, Justice Ginsburg was a role model for many young women, reaching the highest level of her profession in an era when female lawyers faced many challenges. 

Jennifer C. Braceras, director of Independent Women’s Law Center, issued the following statement: “Justice Ginsburg was, by all accounts, a kind and thoughtful person. Her friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia is a model for all of us: We should be able to debate ideas with respect and without acrimony, and we should not let political, ideological or jurisprudential disagreements stand in the way of friendship. In this particularly divisive time, let us pay tribute to Justice Ginsburg by offering genuine friendship and goodwill to people with whom we disagree.” 

Erin Hawley, senior legal fellow at Independent Women’s Law Center, said: “Justice Ginsburg was an inspiring person who, like Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, helped to pave the way for future generations of women lawyers. Her long-term friendship with Justice Scalia reminds us that we can be principled while still being civil, even with those with whom we disagree.”



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