The film tells the improbable story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who couldn’t get a job despite graduating first in her law class and making Law Review at Harvard and Columbia Law Schools. She ultimately became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. It also reveals both the public and private sides of a resilient, resourceful woman who has survived the hostility of the profoundly male universe of government and law to become a revered Justice and advocate for gender equality and women’s rights.
Constitutional and civil rights attorney Lynette Labinger will speak following the film. Dr. Labinger has made a career out of fighting for social change. She has been celebrated as “one of the region’s most successful and dedicated social advocacy lawyers, playing a significant role in cases and court decisions that have affected everything from equality in women’s athletics to the rights of prison preachers, avant-garde artists and same-sex couples.”
Roger Williams University School of Law presented Labinger with the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa in 2021 for her work as a civil rights advocate.
Since 2018, she has limited her practice to cases sponsored by the ACLU of Rhode Island. From 2004 to 2019, Labinger served as an Associate and later as Chief Judge of the Housing Court of the City of Providence. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she has received numerous honors for her civil rights advocacy, including recognition in 2019 by the Roger Williams University Law Review as a “Gender Equity Champion.”