on Sep 22, 2020 at 7:00 am
The legal community continues to mourn Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with essays commemorating her life and her jurisprudence. At the same time, commentators are assessing what the new vacancy on the court means for the upcoming term — and how quickly that vacancy might be filled. Here is a sampling of the discourse:
- CNN’s Joan Biskupic looks back on “20 years of closed-door conversations” with Ginsburg.
- Michael Meltsner was in the room when, in 1972, faculty members at Columbia Law voted to hire Ginsburg as the school’s first female tenure-track professor. In a post for the Human Rights at Home Blog, Meltsner recounts what happened.
- Lisa Soronen offers “A Tribute to Justice Ginsburg from a State and Local Government Perspective” for the National League of Cities.
- Mary Reichard looks at Ginsburg’s legacy — and the obstacles she had to overcome — in a new episode of “The World and Everything in It” podcast.
- In Slate, Richard Hasen asks, “Can Congress Salvage RBG’s Voting Rights Legacy?“.
- At E&E News, Pamela King and Jeremy Jacobs examine Ginsburg’s legacy on environmental law, and King analyzes how her absence could affect environmental cases at the court in the 2020-21 term and beyond.
- In Health Affairs, Katie Keith analyzes how the new vacancy on the court — and the potential filling of that vacancy — may affect the pending constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act, California v. Texas, which is scheduled to be argued in November.
- In Newsweek, Kelly Shackelford makes the case that Ginsburg’s seat should be filled quickly, arguing that “it is paramount that the Supreme Court not be left with a vacancy in the middle of a pandemic that continues to restrain the religious liberty of millions of Americans and stoke chaos in our streets.”
- Shannon Bream and Bill Mears of Fox News highlight the unlikely friendship between Ginsburg and the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and they profile Amy Coney Barrett, one of the front-runners for President Donald Trump’s nomination to replace Ginsburg.
- In The National Law Journal, Tony Mauro examines when Ginsburg’s papers could become public and reports that the law clerks who recently began working for Ginsburg likely will be reassigned to other justices’ chambers.
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