Venue Changed After 'Overwhelming' Response to Ruth Bader Ginsburg Event


Organizers of the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking event announced Thursday that, because of the "overwhelming response" to the September event, its location has been changed to Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

Ginsburg will speak at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3 as part of the Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture series, produced by the Clinton Foundation and Clinton School of Public Service.

The venue change will allow for additional RSVPs to be accepted from the waitlist, but the event remains at capacity, with a waitlist, despite the change. In the following days, people on the waitlist will begin receiving emails to confirm their seat.

The program is free and open to the public. Join the waitlist at https://wjcf.co/Kumpuris

Ginsburg, nominated for the high court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, will "discuss her quarter century on the nation's highest bench and historic legal career," according to a news release. 

Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954 and has a daughter, Jane, and a son, James. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School.

She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959-1961. From 1961-1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. 

She was a law professor at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963-1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972-1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California, from 1977–1978. 

In 1971, she co-founded the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU's general counsel from 1973-1980, and was on the national board of directors from 1974–1980. 

She served on the board and executive committee of the American Bar Foundation from 1979-1989, on the Board of Editors of the American Bar Association Journal from 1972-1978, and on the Council of the American Law Institute from 1978-1993.

She was appointed a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. Clinton nominated her as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on June 14, 1993. After receiving unanimous confirmation from the U.S. Senate, she took her seat Aug. 10, 1993.