Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a former Rutgers Law School professor who has served as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court since 1993, died this evening. She was 87.
Her death 46 days before the presidential election creates an opportunity for President Donald Trump to fill the seat. Republicans control the U.S. Senate.
Trump could nominate someone now, or wait until after Election Day. Even if he loses, he will have the option of making an appointment prior to departing office on January 20, 2021. He could win re-election, but lose a Republican majority in the Senate. If that happens, he would likely push for a fast confirmation before new senators take office on January 3.
Ginsberg was a Rutgers Law professor from 1963 to 1972. She specialized in the teaching of civil procedure and received tenure in 1969.
She later taught at Columbia Law School and served as general counsel to the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union.
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter nominated her to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Following the retirement of Justice Byron White, President Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg to serve on the Supreme Court in 1993.