2015 ChIPs Hall of Fame Honorees: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Professor Jane C. Ginsburg

ChIPs is proud to announce the 2015 ChIPs Hall of Fame honorees who will be inducted into the ChIPs Hall of Fame on October 27th. This year, ChIPs has the distinct privilege of honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her long and distinguished career as a lawyer, law teacher, and jurist, and her daughter Professor Jane C. Ginsburg for her highly lauded work in IP law, particularly in the area of literary and artistic property law. Their respective contributions are truly the embodiment of ChIPs’ mission, and we could not be more excited to honor this mother-daughter pair.

Justice Ginsburg has served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court since 1993. She is well known for her efforts to secure equal justice under law for all who dwell in the USA. Justice Ginsburg was the first woman to hold a tenured position on the Columbia Law School faculty and was instrumental in launching the Women’s Right Project for the American Civil Liberties Union. Her notable opinions in Supreme Court cases include United States v. Virginia (1996), Ledbetter v. Goodyear (2007), and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014). She has also contributed substantially to intellectual property law, with her opinions in New York Times v. Tasini (2001), Microsoft v. AT&T (2007), Golan v. Holder (2012), Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (2014), and Nautilus v. Biosig (2014). She served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1980 until 1993. In recent years, Justice Ginsburg has become a cultural icon, inspiring women of all ages by her commitment to justice, equal and accessible to all.

Professor Ginsburg is the Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law and Faculty Director of the Kernochan Center For Law, Media and the Arts at the Columbia Law School, where she focuses on intellectual property, comparative law, private international law, and legal methods. She has authored or co-authored casebooks in all of these subjects and has also co-authored numerous papers including “International Copyright and Neighbouring Rights: The Berne Convention and Beyond” with Professor Sam Ricketson and “Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law and Judgments in Transnational Disputes” with Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss and Professor François Dessemontet. She has been recognized for her achievements by many institutions and is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.

Justice Ginsburg and Professor Ginsburg are the first mother-daughter pair to serve on the same law faculty in the United States.

Justice and Professor Ginsburg will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a dinner preceding the fourth annual ChIPs Women in IP Global Summit, an event that brings together hundreds of women from a wide array of backgrounds, including private and public corporations, academia, law firms, judiciary, governmental agencies and institutions, and public interest. This year’s Summit is a special celebration of ChIPs’ tenth anniversary.