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Justice Ginsburg joining Tulane Law in Paris

June 26, 2013

Fresh from the end of a momentous Supreme Court term that included major rulings on voting rights and same-sex marriage, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is scheduled to deliver a series of lectures at Tulane Law School’s summer program in Paris and attend the law school’s first alumni gathering in Europe in more than a decade.

Tulane’s Institute of European Legal Studies, hosted by Paris-Dauphine University, provides students three weeks of instruction in topics that include a comparative look at how the United States and key European nations approach judicial review and federalism; the impact of European Union antitrust and merger rules on U.S. corporations; and the history and structure of the European Union.

Since its founding in 1847, Tulane has been a pioneer in the field of comparative law. The Paris program, which aims to help prepare students for transnational practice, includes visits to the French Supreme Court and National Assembly. Students fluent in French have a chance to intern at Paris law firms.

“Tulane has been a presence in France since the early 1970s and is the oldest American summer program in France, having hosted and taught more than 1,200 American students over the years,” said Tulane Law Professor Vernon Palmer, director of the European Legal Studies program. “Our program is revitalized this year, and we are very happy to be allied with our new partner, the renowned University of Paris-Dauphine.”

Justice Ginsburg is scheduled to speak to students between July 9 and 12 on the role of dissenting opinions; the value of a comparative perspective in constitutional decision-making; and the importance of the law in ensuring women’s equal rights.

Justice Ginsburg was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. The 20th anniversary of her confirmation is in August.

Tulane alumni are invited to join students for Justice Ginsburg’s concluding lecture on July 12, focusing on women’s advancement in the legal profession. Justice Ginsburg has been a pioneer in that advancement throughout her career. Before her appointment to the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., in 1980, Justice Ginsburg was the first woman to serve as a law review editor at both Harvard and Columbia law schools; the first female tenured law professor at Columbia; and the lead litigator in a series of landmark Supreme Court decisions on equal gender rights. She has continued that leadership as a member of the high court, including dissenting on June 24 from a decision that made it more difficult for workers to challenge a hostile work environment in court.

Justice Ginsburg’s lecture will be supplemented by a panel discussion featuring comparative perspectives on women’s role in the legal profession from Mme. Noelle Lenoir, a former French government minister and conseiller at the French Constitutional Court; Judge Margaret McKeown of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Columbia Law Professor Jane Ginsburg. Tulane Dean David Meyer and Professor Palmer will introduce and moderate the panel.

The lecture and panel discussion will be followed by a reception for students and Tulane law alumni, the first such gathering sponsored by the law school in Europe in more than a decade. The panel starts at 4 p.m., with the reception to follow in the Salle Raymond Aron, Place Marechal De Lattre, at the University of Paris Dauphine in the 16th arrondissement. Alumni from the United States and across Europe are expected to attend.

“The relaunch of Tulane’s Institute for European Legal Studies in Paris is an important development and plays to the law school’s historic strengths in comparative law and our faculty’s deep connections in Europe,” Dean Meyer said.

“We’re pleased to be able to invite our alumni from Europe and across the globe to celebrate the occasion with us and to mark Tulane’s return to Paris. The opportunity to hear directly from Justice Ginsburg and other eminent scholars and jurists on the changing role of women in the legal profession will be extraordinary.”

Note: Alumni interested in attending the July 12 event with Justice Ginsburg are asked to RSVP by June 30 to NDEPIETR@TULANE.EDUClick here for more information. Special travel arrangements, including discounted rates on hotels in Paris, have been arranged by David M. Rubin, a Tulane Law alumnus (Class of ’86) and founder of Southern California based DavidTravel. Interested alumni can contact Rubin at Request@DavidTravel.com.


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