Rutgers Historic Residence Hall in Newark Named After RBG

Rutgers Historic Residence Hall in Newark Named After RBG rbg in a tan plaid coat sitting down at a conference Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

Thursday, 17 December 2020 03:00 PM

Rutgers University’s former law school in Newark, New Jersey, will be named for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was a law professor there, the university announced Thursday.

The name change for the historic building — now a residence hall at the Newark campus — was approved by the university’s board of trustees, the school said in a statement.

“When I think of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I hope future generations will understand her perseverance, her clear-eyed pursuit of justice and equity, and her care for those people who are often seen as voiceless or without history,” Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway said in the statement.

“These are the principles that Ginsburg stood for. I think they are the principles that Rutgers stands for, and I’d love for future generations to understand how they are connected in that way.”

The hall faces Washington Park in Newark that will soon be renamed Harriet Tubman Square, the university noted.

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall is a home to students who represent precisely the breathtaking diversity of people whom our nation needs to realize their full potential — a realization dependent in no small part upon making good on America’s promise of equal justice under the law,” Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor said in the statement.

Ginsburg, who died in September after more than a quarter century on the high court, was at the law school from 1963 to 1972, teaching about women’s rights including a seminar on the law and gender equality, the university said.

That work set the stage for Ginsburg’s groundbreaking arguments before the Supreme Court on gender discrimination, and she kept close ties with university faculty and former students after she left, the university said.