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Yesterday there was a photo of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s casket outside the United States Supreme Court while a hundred of her law clerks, dressed all in black, stood at attention on the outside steps of the capital. The stark photo and the hundred clerks posed below her casket reminded me the length and d depth of her extraordinary legal career.
In 1971, RBG was a Rutgers law professor. In that capacity, she joined a case on gender discrimination that had been accepted for review by the United States Supreme Court. That case was Reed vs. Reed . Allen Derr, an attorney in Boise, Idaho brought the initial action. He credits her with having been the principal brief writer. Reed vs. Reed was a unanimous decision of the Supreme Court and it was the first case to declare a law that discriminates on the basis of sex to be unconstitutional.