Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Coauthored Book to Be Released Posthumously

Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union was in production when Ginsburg passed away.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left behind a final project, which will now be released posthumously. Prior to her death last month, Ginsburg worked with Amanda Tyler, one of her former clerks and a current law professor at University of California, Berkeley, on composing new material and collecting previously unreleased works. This compilation will be released as a new book, entitled Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life's Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union.

The book was originally slated for release next fall, and was already in production at the time of the Justice's death. Now, the release date has been moved up to March, allowing RBG fans the ability to enjoy it sooner than expected.

Tyler felt lucky to get the time with Ginsburg, and to help her with this project. "Over the spring and summer of this year, as Justice Ginsburg and I assembled this book, I had the special privilege of working closely with her one last time," she said in a recent statement.

"As we exchanged drafts of various parts of this book, the Justice was every bit as rigorous an editor as she had been 20 years ago when I clerked for her. Right up until the end, she was still teaching me about the craft of writing, how important precision is, and to never use four words when three will do."

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Ginsburg had close relationships with her clerks, like Tyler. After the Justice’s death, her former clerks stood on the steps of the Supreme Court, as her casket was brought inside.

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According to publisher the University of California Press, Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue will showcase Ginsburg's legacy by highlighting some of her favorite writings.

As the Press notes, it will make readers "privy to Justice Ginsburg’s perspective on her legacy as an advocate for justice as defined by her personal selection of favorite opinions written from the Supreme Court bench (many in dissent). This designation offers a unique lens for understanding how, and for what, Justice Ginsburg would like to be remembered."

In addition to compiling her favorite opinions, the book strives to "share details from Justice Ginsburg's family life and long career," featuring some of her briefs, oral arguments, and final speeches. Each document was hand-selected by Ginsburg and Tyler to "to tell the story of the litigation strategy and optimistic vision that were at the heart of Ginsburg's unwavering commitment to the achievement of 'a more perfect Union.'"

You can pre-order Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life's Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union here.


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