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Justice Ginsburg to deliver Tanner Lecture at U-M on Feb. 6

January 22, 2015

Justice Ginsburg to deliver Tanner Lecture at U-M on Feb. 6

Topic: Campus News

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will present the university's 2015 Tanner Lecture on Human Values on Feb. 6, from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Hill Auditorium.

"A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg" is open to students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the general public, including alumni.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will speak Feb. 6 at Hill Auditorium. (Photo provided by the Law School)

Tickets are required for the event and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Jan. 26.

Ginsburg will be interviewed by two of her former law clerks, now U-M faculty members: Kate Andrias, assistant professor of law, and Scott Hershovitz, professor of law and philosophy, who also directs the Law and Ethics Program, which is sponsoring the Tanner Lecture.

"We are thrilled to welcome her to campus. Justice Ginsburg's led an extraordinary life — as a forceful advocate for gender equality, an incredibly successful litigator, and a deeply respected judge. We're looking forward to hearing what she's learned along the way," said Hershovitz, who suggested inviting Ginsburg to deliver the lecture.

Ginsburg, who has served on the Supreme Court since being appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, will participate in private engagements at the Law School throughout the day. In addition to Hershovitz and Andrias, three other Law School faculty members once clerked for her: Professors Sam Bagenstos, Richard Primus, and Margo Schlanger.

Members of the public are welcome to submit questions for Ginsburg in advance of the event using an online form. Moderators will pose a selection of these questions to her during the talk.

Doors to Hill Auditorium will open at 9:30 a.m.

Ticket information

Those seeking tickets must present a valid MCard and may present a valid MCard for one other person who fits the criteria.

Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Law School, Hutchins Hall, outside the Robert B. Aikens Commons: Tickets available for Law School faculty, staff, and students only.

Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2215 Angell Hall: Tickets available for Philosophy Department faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate declared majors only.

Jan. 28-30, University Union Wolverine Room: Subject to availability, tickets available for university affiliates only. Times are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 28, 1-4 p.m. Jan. 29, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 30.

Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., University Union Sophia B. Jones Room: Subject to availability, tickets available to the general public. Must present valid form of government-issued photo ID. (PLEASE NOTE: Due to the weather-related service reduction at U-M, this ticket distribution has been rescheduled to Feb. 3 in Hutchins Hall, Room 118)

Feb. 3, beginning at 1 p.m., members of the public may email to request a ticket. Subject to availability, tickets will be reserved in the order in which the requests are received until all tickets are distributed. Tickets reserved via email will be held at Hill Auditorium will-call window for pickup after 9 a.m. Feb. 6. All email requests will be responded to in the order in which they are received, and requestors will be notified via email whether or not their request has been granted.

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Barbara Sloat
on 1/28/15 at 1:01 pm

Are these dates and times when tickets can be obtained (all things being equal).

RB Ginsburg is only appearing at Hill Auditorium, is that correct? And tickets ARE required in advance?

Barbara Bach
on 1/31/15 at 10:29 pm

How many tickets WILL be available for public? (Alum not law, faculty, or philosophy connected???
I would like ONE ticket, please!!

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