The Life and Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Conversation

Along with the nation, members of the Hofstra Law community are mourning the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Hofstra Law had a particular connection with Justice Ginsburg, who taught in Hofstra Law’s summer program in Nice, France, spoke at a legal ethics conference, and regularly met with groups of Hofstra Law students who traveled to meet her at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. 

Please join Judge Gail Prudenti, Professor Leon Friedman, and alumna Monica Pham '11 for a conversation about Justice Ginsburg’s remarkable life and her historic impact on American jurisprudence and the legal profession.  


A Conversation With

Judge Gail Prudenti, Dean

Prior to her current position at Hofstra, Judge Prudenti distinguished herself as a well-respected jurist and hands-on administrator throughout a judicial career that lasted more than two decades. Most recently, she served as the Chief Administrative Judge of the courts of New York State, having been appointed by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman on December 1, 2011.

Prior to her appointment as Chief Administrative Judge, she served as the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department in New York State, the first woman to hold that position, having been appointed thereto, in February 2002, by then-Governor George E. Pataki. Before that, she was the first woman from Suffolk County to serve as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department


Leon Friedman, Joseph Kushner Distinguished Professor of Civil Liberties Law

After graduation from Harvard Law School, Professor Friedman worked for the New York City law firm of Kaye Scholer, Fierman Hays & Handler. In 1973, he was the director of the Committee for Public Justice and staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union during the Watergate era, where he litigated numerous cases dealing with national security, misuse of government power, the legality of the Vietnam War and the draft, and the First Amendment.

Professor Friedman has also represented Jean Harris in an important First Amendment case dealing with the "Son of Sam" law, and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, for whom he obtained a writ of habeas corpus, freeing him from 19 years of imprisonment.


Monica N. Pham '11, Senior Managing Director, Biogen

Monica Pham leads the Government Affairs Department at Biogen, where she influences and actively leads the development of government legislation and regulations affecting the business interests in order to provide a favorable business and reimbursement environment (e.g., Medicaid budgeting and reimbursement, other relevant health care issues, as well as issues affecting Biogen’s tax, facility and research interests).




Moderated By 

Julian Ku, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Faculty Director of International Programs, and Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Time: 6-7 p.m. ET

Location: Held Via Zoom

Registration is required. Registrants will be emailed a link to the Zoom session the morning of the event.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020



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