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President Jimmy Carter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg President Jimmy Carter, left, with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, right, at Reception for Women Federal Judges, Oct. 3, 1980. Photo: White House Staff Photographers Collection via Wikimedia Commons

In January 1977, a women’s rights lawyer named Ruth Bader Ginsburg came to Washington for an interview with Griffin Bell, the former federal appeals court judge, King & Spalding partner and then the nominee to be President-elect Jimmy Carter’s attorney general.

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Jonathan Ringel

Jonathan Ringel is managing editor of the Daily Report, the ALM newspaper in Atlanta. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @jonathanringel

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