"Voice Through Dissent"
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg served on the U.S. Supreme Court for more than 27 years, until her passing in September 2020. Perhaps best known for her pathmarking decision in United States v. Virginia (1996), in her later years on the Court, she became known for penning notable dissents, including in Gratz v. Bollinger (2003), Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (2007), Gonzales v. Carhart (2007), and Shelby County v. Holder (2013). Some observers have commented that her dissents in that period, often punctuated by being read aloud from the bench, gave important voice to her legacy. The panel convened for this year’s Lecture will discuss Justice Ginsburg’s “Voice Through Dissent,” including how that voice influenced the Court then and how it continues to influence the Court today.
Introductory remarks by: Elizabeth Barchas Prelogar, the 48th Solicitor General of the United States who serves as the fourth-ranking individual at the Department of Justice. As Solicitor General, she is responsible for conducting and supervising all Supreme Court litigation on behalf of the United States.
Scott Dodson (moderator) is the James Edgar Hervey Chair in Litigation, the Geoffrey C. Hazard Distinguished Professor of Law, and the Director of the Center for Litigation and Courts at the University of California College of the Law in San Francisco. He is the author or editor of eight book titles, including The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, along with more than a hundred scholarly articles.
Rachel Bayefsky (panelist) is an Associate Professor of Law at University of Virginia School of Law. Her scholarship centers on the ways legal institutions affect dignity and equality. She earned a J.D. from Yale Law School and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, before clerking for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Dahlia Lithwick (panelist) is a Journalist, Author, and the Senior Editor at Slate Magazine, having written their Supreme Court Dispatches and Jurisprudence columns since 1999. She hosts Amicus, Slate’s award-winning podcast about the law and the Supreme Court. Lithwick earned her BA in English at Yale University and her JD degree at Stanford University; she has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Georgia Law, the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Hebrew University Law (Jerusalem). Lithwick’s work has featured in The New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Commentary. Her new book, Lady Justice (Penguin Press, September 2022) was an instant New York Times bestseller.
Anna-Rose Mathieson (panelist) is a partner at Complex Appellate Litigation Group in San Francisco, where she represents clients in appellate courts around the country, including in the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining CALG, she graduated first in her class from Michigan Law, where she was also a Darrow Scholar, and clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.