Introducing the Official Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bobblehead
Professor Ross Davies, editor-in chief of the Green Bag, has introduced the latest in the law journal's series of Supreme Court justice bobbleheads with a striking likeness of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, perfect right down to her dainty lace collar.
Ginsburg's diminutive double stands atop a miniature Volume 518 of U.S. Reports, where her landmark decision in United States v. Virginia striking down the all-male admissions policy at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) was published. At her feet is a small model of the parade grounds at VMI.
Under her left arm Ginsburg holds a copy of Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language, dating to 1785, from which she quoted in the 2003 copyright case Eldred v. Ashcroft. Her right hand holds a plug she is pulling from a safe, symbolizing Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for which she wrote a famous dissent in the 2007 Title VII equal pay case that led Congress to pass a corrective statute in 2009. The safe bears the image of a lily in honor of Lilly Ledbetter, the plaintiff, and inside the safe is 13 cents, representing the difference between every dollar paid to Ledbetter's lowest-paid male colleague and the 87 cents Ledbetter herself was paid. The safe will be completed by a tread from a Goodyear tire, symbolizing the plant where Ledbetter worked.
As if all that was not enough, the box in which the bobblehead will ship is lined with a photo of several volumes of the classic Federal Practice and Procedure by Wright and Miller. "Justice Ginsburg is known as a procedure person," explains Davies.
Ginsburg is the eighth recent Supreme Court justice to be memorialized in resin since Davies unveiled the Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist bobblehead in 2003. In addition, the Green Bag has produced an equal number of dolls representing earlier justices, such as John Jay, Louis D. Brandeis, and Harry A. Blackmun.
The Green Bag distributes the coveted bobbleheads "arbitrarily and capriciously," to readers and other random collectors. Certificates for claim of a Ginsburg bobblehead are not yet in the mail, but they will be later this summer, says Davies, when the full shipment of bobbleheads arrives at Green Bag World HQ.
Davies is well known for the unique products offered by the Green Bag beyond the prized bobbleheads. Among these is his series of "Supreme Court Sluggers" baseball cards featuring an original portrait of an important figure in the law on one side and legal career data on the other. Packaged with the cards is a modern-day version of the old fashioned pink bubblegum stick: a rectangular pink magnet featuring a pithy legal quote attributed to the card's subject.
This time around, Davies has something new up his sleeve.
"In related news, we will cater to some of our more nearly Organian bobblehead fans (those with a demonstrated preference for the virtual over the tangible, the electrifyingly electronic over the merely material) by providing them with an appropriately cutting-edge, web-based, PowerPoint-ready, iPad-friendly bobblehead experience instead," Davies promises.
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View an entertaining YouTube video featuring an operatic Ginsburg bobblehead