Pictured, back row, left to right: Genevieve Timmerman, Professor Carol Needham, Professor Kerri Stone, Professor Susan Heymann, and Professor Wendy Greene. Front row, left to right: Professor Naomi Cahn, Professor Nancy Lovitt, Professor Linda Jellum, Professor Danne Johnson, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Professor Marina Angel.
Professor Kerri Stone and the rest of the officers of the Section on Women in Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (a former president of the section) on Dec. 17th.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon an individual who has had a distinguished career of teaching, service, and scholarship for at least 20 years, and has had a significant impact on women, the legal community, and the academy through mentoring, writing, speaking, activism, and by providing opportunities to others.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first ever recipient of the award.
“Many of us on the Section’s Board felt that we were lucky to have the opportunity to spend over an hour in Justice Ginsburg’s chambers with her, discussing everything from her early career as a law professor to the art she had hanging on the wall, to a special cookbook published by the Justices’ spouses, who took turns preparing food for their own get-togethers. She is a warm and funny person, and we were all thrilled to spend time with her,” said Professor Kerri Stone.
The purpose of the Section on Women in Legal Education of the AALS is “to provide information to its members respecting the integration of women and women’s concerns into the legal profession and the law, to promote the communication of ideas, interests and activities among members of the Section, to make recommendations on matters concerning the administration of law schools and on the status of women in legal education and to make recommendations on matters of interest in the teaching and improvement of the law school curriculum.”