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  • Benjamin Cooper
  • Memorial Lecture
The Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2020)

Georgetown Day School invites you to the 23rd annual Benjamin Cooper Memorial Lecture and 75th Anniversary Speaker Series on the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

This virtual event featured U.S. District Judge Ketanji Jackson, U.S. Circuit Judge Nina Pillard, Representative Jamie Raskin ’79, and NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
7:00 p.m.

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
Judge Jackson received her commission as a U.S. district judge in 2013 and previously served as a vice-chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Prior to her judgeship, she handled appellate litigation and criminal appeals as an assistant federal public defender in D.C. She served as a law clerk to three federal judges: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the U.S., Judge Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and Judge Patti Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Judge Jackson received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she served as a supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review.

U.S. Circuit Judge Nina Pillard
Judge Pillard was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals in December 2013. Previously, she served as a law clerk to Judge Louis H. Pollak and held the Marvin M. Karpatkin fellowship at the American Civil Liberties Union. She was assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and served as an assistant to the solicitor general of the United States. Judge Pillard served as inaugural academic co-director and professor at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies at Georgetown Law and remained a full professor at Georgetown Law until her appointment as U.S. circuit judge. Judge Pillard received a J.D. from Harvard Law School following a B.A. from Yale College. Since her children, Sarah (GDS ’17) and Aidan (GDS ’15), left town to pursue their higher education, Judge Pillard and her husband inhabit an empty nest in Washington, D.C.

Representative Jamie Raskin ’79
Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland’s 8th District serves on the House Judiciary, Oversight, and Rules Committees. He was a professor of constitutional law for a quarter-century at American University Washington College of Law before entering Congress and has published several books, including the Washington Post bestseller Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People and We the Students: Supreme Court Cases about America’s Students. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Raskin was a three-term state senator in Maryland, where he served as senate majority whip and led floor fights to pass marriage equality, abolish the death penalty, crackdown on drunk driving, and enact equal pay for equal work legislation. A GDS graduate from the class of ‘79, he graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor for the Harvard Law Review.

Nina Totenberg
Nina Totenberg is NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. Totenberg's coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition. She is often featured in documentaries—most recently RBG—that deal with issues before the court. NPR received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for its gavel-to-gavel coverage—anchored by Totenberg—of both the original hearings and the inquiry into Anita Hill's allegations against then-Judge Clarence Thomas, and for Totenberg's reports and exclusive interview with Hill. Totenberg was named Broadcaster of the Year and honored with the 1998 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the National Press Foundation, the first radio journalist to receive the award. She is also the recipient of the American Judicature Society's first-ever award honoring a career body of work in the field of journalism and the law. In 1988, Totenberg won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for her coverage of Supreme Court nominations. Totenberg has been honored seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting and has received more than two dozen honorary degrees. On a lighter note, Esquire magazine twice named her one of the "Women We Love."