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Moot Court With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Supreme Court justice presided over a program at the Newseum on Bradwell v. Illinois (1873). In this video, hear the arguments for and against a woman's right to practice law.

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    October 2016
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In partnership with the law firm O’Melveny & Myers and the non-profit The Green Bag, Newseum Education hosted a moot court (or re-enactment) of Bradwell v. Illinois (1873), in which Myra Bradwell sued the state to be allowed to practice law. Women couldn’t be admitted to the Illinois bar at that time.

On the judicial panel deciding the case: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Nina Pillard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Judge Patricia A. Millett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia argued on behalf of Bradwell. Meaghan Vergow of O’Melveny & Myers LLP argued on behalf of the state of Illinois.

The program was held Oct. 18, 2016, at the Newseum.


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