Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a titan of American law and a hero in the fight for justice and equality. Like so many of you, I am profoundly saddened by her loss and worried by the prospect of a Supreme Court void of her compassion, intellect, and relentless dedication to fairness.
But I am equally awed by her legacy and the sweeping impact of her life on American jurisprudence and culture. So I can think of no more fitting tribute than to rename the law school at George Mason University in her honor.
The school is currently named after RBG’s former colleague on the Court, Antonin Scalia. Despite their competing ideologies, Ginsburg and Scalia shared a powerful bond – an unlikely friendship well-documented throughout their decades of service together. By renaming the school the Scalia-Ginsburg School of Law, GMU can honor this treasured relationship and send a powerful message about the importance of intellectual diversity in the study and application of the law.
To further recognize the validity of competing views of the law and to signify that no one view will dominate GMU’s academic studies, I have also called for a statue of Justice Ginsburg to be erected facing the existing statue of her friend, Justice Scalia.
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Gerald E. Connolly
Member of Congress