Justice Ginsburg plans August appearance at University of Buffalo Law School

There has been intense speculation about the status of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health since a rib-breaking fall in November led to the discovery of cancerous growths in her lungs — and later, surgery to remove them — which forced her to miss work earlier this year for the first time since being confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1993.

But the elderly Ginsburg has since returned to the bench, and is reportedly set to make a major public appearance in August — meaning that any speculation that her health may be in severe decline is now gone.

Honorary Degree

The Buffalo News reported that Ginsburg is slated to visit the University of Buffalo School of Law on Aug. 26 for a special event held in her honor.

Ginsburg had initially been invited to Buffalo last year by a local attorney named Wayne D. Wisbaum, a classmate and friend from their days at Cornell University. Unfortunately, Wisbaum passed away in December.

Her visit in August will now be in his memory.

At the same time, Ginsburg will also be presented with an honorary doctoral law degree from the prestigious law school by Kristina M. Johnson, chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Trailblazer for Women

A news release from the school noted that, aside from the honorary doctorate, Ginsburg will also spend part of the day teaching students and delivering a speech.

Later in the evening, she will be the honored guest of a special event at the Kleinhans Music Hall, where she will be presented with the honorary degree.

“Justice Ginsburg’s strong voice supporting gender equality, an independent judiciary, separation of church and state, and human rights deeply resonates with our mission as a law school,” said UB School of Law Dean Aviva Abramovsky.

Marianne Mariano, president of the Erie County Bar Association, said of Ginsburg: “She is a powerful symbol of the most fundamental values of our nation and our legal system. We are thrilled and delighted to welcome her to Buffalo.”

Still Going Strong

For whatever may be said about Ginsburg’s ideological stance on most issues, there is no denying the fact that she was a trailblazer for women in the field of law who is worthy of being honored for her achievements.

She initially had a hard time finding a job at a law firm in New York City after she had graduated from both Harvard Law School and then Columbia Law School in 1959.

However, she proceeded to embark on a storied career nonetheless — and even after all these decades, she’s still going strong.

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