Roanoke College professor reflects on legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a ‘social engineer’

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — As political, legal, and academic leaders around the country reflect on the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one Roanoke College professor also shared his personal experiences with the late Justice Ginsburg.

Ten years ago, Dr. Todd Peppers took his civil liberties class from to see the Supreme Court and attend an oral argument. To top it off, after the court session, the class actually had the opportunity to meet Justice Ginsburg, as well as ask her a few questions.

While the memory of the experience lives on for Dr. Peppers, he continues to remind his students to be the change they want to see in the world.

“Howard University law professor once said you can have a law degree and you can be a social engineer and make change, or you can be a social parasite and just make money,” said Dr. Peppers, “and people like Thurgood Marshall and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were social engineers. Both as attorneys and on the Court, they were able to use the court and the promise of equal justice under the law to achieve certain changes.”

Dr. Peppers also had another opportunity to meet Justice Ginsburg when writing a book. While interviewing her, the professor says he was struck by how someone so quiet could radiate such intellectual power.

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