Rao Contributes to OSU Symposium on Justice Ginsburg

On April 10, Professor Neomi Rao was among a number of the country's foremost legal scholars meeting at Ohio State University's Moritz School of Law for a symposium sponsored by the Ohio State University Law Journal. Entitled "The Jurisprudence of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Discussion of Fifteen Years on the Supreme Court," the symposium examined Ginsburg's impact on various substantive areas of law and American jurisprudence. Topics discussed included constitutional law, civil and criminal procedure, statutory interpretation, and labor and employment law. Peter J. Rubin, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, delivered the keynote speech for the event.

Joining the group for a 90-minute live conversation was Ginsburg herself. In a program moderated by Professor Wendy Webster Williams of the Georgetown University Law Center, who is co-author of a forthcoming biography of Ginsburg, and by Professor Deborah Jones Merritt of Moritz College of Law, a former law clerk to Justice Ginsburg, the justice defended the use of foreign law by American judges, suggested that torture should not be used even when it might yield important information, and reflected on her role as the Supreme Court’s sole female justice. Ginsburg, who is 76, underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in February of this year.

Before joining the Mason Law faculty, Rao was Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to the President. Rao also served as counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues.

Read about the symposium

New York Times

Washington Post

C-SPAN (As of 04/13/09, this program has not aired. Check back periodically for link to program.)