A Supreme Salute
Columbia Law School Alumni Leaders Gather at U.S. Supreme Court for Gala Dinner with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg '59
New York, June 30, 2014—Many distinguished Columbia Law School alumni have stood before the U.S. Supreme Court over the years, arguing some of the most significant cases in U.S. history. A select few even have served on the high court’s bench.
In her remarks, the justice traced the connections between former Columbia Law School students and the court on which she sits, beginning with Jay. The list of alumni justices also includes Charles Evans Hughes, Harlan Fiske Stone (1898), and Benjamin Cardozo, who each sat in the early 1900s during what she called “the golden age of Columbians on the court.” The other justices who served on the court after studying at Columbia were Samuel Blatchford, Stanley Forman Reed (1908), and William O. Douglas ’25, the longest-serving justice. Justice Ginsburg is the first female justice from Columbia Law School. She took the bench in 1993 after being appointed by President Bill Clinton.