A Virtual CLE Celebrating the Career of an Extraordinary Jurist
RBG CLE: Elimination of Bias is a Continuing Legal Education session, accredited for two hours of Elimination of Bias. It is anchored by Supreme Court cases emblematic of the brilliance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s career, first as an attorney arguing in front of the Supreme Court and later as a Justice. Justice Ginsburg proved time and again that she was a force to be reckoned with, and there is no better evidence of her tenacity and quickness than in her oral and written arguments. Justice Ginsburg displayed keen insight and wisdom for the entirety of her 27 years on the Supreme Court, and was among the most avid questioners on the bench. Oral arguments and decisions – dissenting, concurring, and majority opinions – are performed verbatim by Sally Wingert, Mixed Blood favorite and Twin Cities legend. Additionally, documentary film excerpts of Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be peppered throughout the session.
Historically significant gender-based cased are center stage, with reenactments being followed by panel discussions with renowned Minnesota jurists and lawyers, facilitated by Chris Carlson of Narrative Pros. Those cases include:
As ACLU attorney:
Weinberger v Weisenfeld: a 1975 decision by the Supreme Court, which unanimously held that the gender-based distinction under 42 U.S.C. § 402(g) of the Social Security Act of 1935—which permitted widows but not widowers to collect special benefits while caring for minor children—violated the right to equal protection secured by the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.
Frontiero v Richardson: a 1973 landmark Supreme Court case which decided that benefits given by the United States military to the family of service members cannot be given out differently because of gender.
As Supreme Court Justice:
Ledbetter v. Goodyear: a 2007 employment discrimination decision of the Supreme Court. Employers cannot be sued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 over race or gender pay discrimination if the claims are based on decisions made by the employer 180 days ago or more. RBG wrote a dissenting opinion.
Obergefell v. Hodges: a landmark 2014 civil rights case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent a lifetime flourishing in the face of adversity before being appointed a Supreme Court justice, where she successfully fought against gender discrimination and unified the liberal block of the court. She became the first female professor at Columbia to earn tenure. Ginsburg also directed the influential Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union during the 1970s. In this position, she led the fight against gender discrimination and successfully argued six landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg took a broad look at gender discrimination, fighting not just for the women left behind, but for the men who were discriminated against as well.
Ginsburg accepted Jimmy Carter’s appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1980. She served on the court for thirteen years until 1993, when Bill Clinton nominated her to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Guthrie stalwart Sally Wingert portrays Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Wingert is a local legend, appearing on Broadway as well as all of the major stages of the Twin Cities and beyond, garnering numerous Ivey Awards for her acting acumen.
RBG CLE: Bias is a virtual presentation, being offered on Zoom on March 23 from 8 – 10 AM. Accredited for two Elimination of Bias hours, it costs $120.