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MAJ Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
From MAJ President Amy M. Orsi

Individually, and as an organization, we mourn the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is difficult to find the proper words to encapsulate a proper tribute for a somebody who will always be defined so appropriately by her own words, particularly by her vision in her dissents. Justice Ginsburg’s words were poignant, intentional and precise. She wrote with purpose and meaning – her never ending pursuit of equal justice for all. Therefore, it only seems fitting to honor Justice Ginsburg with her own words.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg"Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you."

"Make life a little better for people less fortunate than you… One lives not just for oneself, but for one’s community."

"Dissents speak to a future age. It's not simply to say my colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way, but the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow."

Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer. A champion of justice. She lived her life as a staunch advocate for women’s rights, gender equality, voting rights and real access to courts for those who have been harmed. She believed in and fought for equality. She remained true to her convictions in all she did.

With the work and legacy of Justice Ginsburg as a touchstone, the Maryland Association for Justice remains steadfast to envision a fair and impartial legal system that protects the rights and safety of all people. MAJ renews its dedication to improving and protecting the civil justice system through legislative advocacy and the professional development of trial lawyers. We continue to strive to be everything that Justice Ginsburg represented: to fight for things we care about, and advocate for reasons beyond ourselves to make lives better and safer for those in our communities - especially for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Thank you Justice Ginsburg for your enormous contributions to our justice system and sharing your aspirations with us to improve our democracy.