Grossman Young & Hammond deeply mourns the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Especially because we are a female-led law firm, we were continuously inspired by “RBG” as a guiding light, and as an icon for justice, decency, gender equality, strength, and perseverance.
Despite graduating top of her class from Columbia and receiving glowing recommendations from professors, RBG struggled to find a job after graduating law school because she was a woman. In the 1970’s she pioneered the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, which she directed until she was appointed to the Federal bench in 1980. In 1993 RBG became the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court, where she would sit for 27 years, establishing herself as the face of gender equality in the U.S.
They say the best way to find happiness and fulfillment is to devote your life to something greater than yourself. Perhaps RBG’s greatest contribution was that she modeled this for all of us – placing principles before self-interest. When asked how she wanted to be remembered, Justice Ginsberg said, “someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has.”
It is this legacy that GYH strives to emulate by transcending borders for its clients and working towards a fairer and more just world for all people, regardless of citizenship. We are committed to continuing her fight for a world in which equal justice is accessible to every person, and every female attorney has the opportunity to rise to the best of her abilities.