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D.C. Circuit Judge Ginsburg Joins George Mason Law Faculty

By Brett Snider, Esq. on September 17, 2013 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

George Mason University School of Law has recruited Judge Ginsburg, a senior D.C. Circuit judge, to join the institution as a full-time faculty member.

According to the Blog of Legal Times, Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg has been recruited along with a partner from Covington & Burling for their accomplishments, experience, and antitrust law knowledge.

This isn't Ginsburg's first time as a professor, so let's look back on his career up to this point.

Former Positions

According to his newly minted George Mason Law profile, Ginsburg was a professor at Harvard University from 1975 to 1983. He began teaching at George Mason while employed at various other law schools and is slated to teach classes in "Antitrust" and "Readings in Legal Thought" as a full-time professor.

Ginsburg's University of Chicago profile contains an unofficial C.V. that describes some positions such as:

  • A marketing VP for a computer service (in the 60's!)
  • A clerk for SCOTUS Justice Thurgood Marshall
  • An assistant Attorney General for the DOJ's Antitrust Division

For someone who's been on the D.C. Circuit bench for almost 27 years, Ginsburg has had a pretty diverse career.

Time With the D.C. Circuit

Ginsburg, no relation to the loveable Ruth Bader, was Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit for a little more than six years, and remains on the court as a senior judge.

His guidance was pivotal in many D.C. Circuit cases over the last 27 years, and even as a senior judge he penned an opinion urging the FDA to follow their own regulations with regard to drugs used for lethal injections.

Although he was not seen as particularly liberal, according to The Washington Post his SCOTUS nomination bid was destroyed in 1987 by testimony that he had used pot during his time in college and as a Harvard Law professor.

Ironically, the woman slated to fill his seat, Nina Pillard, is currently under fire for her liberal beliefs on reproductive rights -- although no word on potential pot usage.

We're sure Ginsberg will give her some good parting advice if she's confirmed.

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