Scott M. Karson, president of the New York State Bar Association, issued the following statement about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court brings great sadness to the nation’s legal community, but for those of us in New York, her home state, we are grieving a little deeper tonight. She never forgot her roots in Brooklyn or at Columbia Law School, returning often to inspire young law students who were in awe of her. She was a staunch defender of women’s rights and a trailblazer for women in the legal profession and on the bench. It was because of Justice Ginsburg that many women dared to become lawyers at a time when such a career path was viewed with skepticism. Although Justice Ginsburg’s passing is likely to spawn speculation and debate among partisans and pundits about her replacement on the Court, now is not the time for that. Now is the time to express our collective thanks to the late Justice for her remarkable career as an advocate, jurist and champion of the Constitution.”