ACTL Mourns Loss of Justice Ginsburg

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. (September 19, 2020) - The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) mourns the loss of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazing advocate, a meticulous jurist, a true patriot, and an Honorary Fellow of the College. 


Chief Justice of the U.S. John Roberts said, “She was a justice of historic stature and a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”


Recently Justice Ginsburg joined Justices Alito and Breyer, and jurists from the United Kingdom in aU.K.–U.S. legal exchange sponsored by the ACTL to discuss common issues in support of the rule of law and access to justice, even across international boundaries. 


“Her commentary during those days together was both insightful and inspiring. In an era when uncertainty is so much a part of our national narrative, hers was a call to our ‘better angels’ and a meaningful challenge at a time that calls for equal protection to all persons and causes,” said ACTL President Douglas R. Young.

The College commends Justice Ginsburg’s career as an accomplished and courageous trial and appellate lawyer while in private practice and a person of deep faith committed to the best our countries have to offer. The world is enriched by her example. We are humbled and inspired by her spirit.


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About the American College of Trial Lawyers

The American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of preeminent members of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is recognized as the leading trial lawyer’s organization in both countries.  Founded in 1950, the College is an invitation only fellowship. The College thoroughly investigates each nominee for admission and selects only those who have demonstrated the very highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism, and collegiality. The College is dedicated to maintaining and seeking to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission. The College strongly supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. For more information about the College, visit its website at




American College of Trial Lawyers
Dennis J. Maggi, CAE

Executive Director