Pennsylvania Bar Association President Schwager Reflects on the Career and Passing of Justice Ginsburg

HARRISBURG (Sept. 19, 2020) – David E. Schwager, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, issued the following thoughts on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“Though tiny, standing at 5’1”, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a giant in the law.

She was a champion for justice for so many, regardless of race, gender or disability, and a powerful and steadfast defender of the rule of law.

Overcoming great obstacles of prejudice in the early years, she prevailed and had an extraordinary career as a lawyer, a law professor and a judge.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg used her life’s work to lift others by passionately advocating for gender equality. She inspired generations of lawyers during her lifetime and she will remain an inspiration for generations to come. 

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, I share with the Ginsburg family the condolences of Pennsylvania lawyers on the passing of a great woman, a great role model and a great jurist. We grieve on the occasion of this profound loss.

During these days of awe, those of the Jewish faith believe that God decides at this time of the year, among other things, who will live and who will die during the upcoming Jewish calendar year. Therefore, it is said in the Jewish tradition that, although last year it was determined that Justice Ginsburg would perish during the year 5780, because of her value to society, God chose to keep her around until the last possible moment.

May the memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg be a blessing and may she rest in peace.”

Editor’s note: Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access of legal services; and serve the lawyer members of the state's largest organized bar association.