United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  
1933 - 2020
We join in unison to mourn the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1993 until her passing on September 18, 2020.  Justice Ginsburg honored not only the rule of law, but the people it serves.  A true champion of justice, she taught us to persevere and persist in providing fair, equal and impartial justice.  A role model to all, regardless of gender, her strength and gentility won our hearts.  Her intellect and agile crafting of legal argument won our minds.  She inspired us all, to achieve, to overcome obstacles, personal and professional, and to never relent in the pursuit of justice.  
 
Justice Ginsburg most recently headlined our Agenda at the 2018 Federal Judges Association Quadrennial, as she had done many times previously, generously sharing with us insights from her official biography,  My Own Words, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Her diminutive stature belied her omnipresent wit and clarity and enormous intellect.    She exhibited delight in the surroundings of so many adoring Article III judges.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was, and will always be our star, our rock, our role model and our friend.  Thank you for your service, Justice Ginsburg and may you rest in well earned peace.  

Cynthia M. Rufe, President

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News from the FJA


Upcoming Events

2020 FJA Annual Board of Directors Meeting
Postponed due to concerns over COVID-19  

Original Dates:
April 18-19, 2020

Denver, CO

New Dates:
November 14-15, 2020
Virtual Meeting

IAJ Annual Meeting                                               
TBD, September 2021
San Jose, Costa Rica

2021 FJA Annual Board of Directors Meeting
April 6-7, 2021
Philadelphia, PA

2022 FJA Annual Board of Directors Meeting
April 30-May 1, 2022
Washington, DC

FJA Tenth Quadrennial Conference
May 1-3, 2022
Washington, DC

About Us

The Federal Judges Association (FJA) is a national voluntary organization of United States federal judges, appointed pursuant to Article III of the Constitution, whose mission is to support and enhance the role of its members within a fair, impartial and independent judiciary; to actively build a community of interest among its members; and to sustain our system of justice through civics education and public outreach.
 
The independence of Article III judges is assured under the Constitution by their appointment for life without diminution in pay. Nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate, Article III judges are thus protected from intimidation, undue influence, coercion, or domination so that they may judge fairly and independently in every case, as the law and facts require.
 
Inevitably, from time to time, some judicial decisions are unpopular.  The FJA, as an independent organization, can speak in one voice to protect the independence of the judiciary and to explain its significance to a free society.  The Association expresses the collective view of Article III judges to other branches of government and the public on issues related to fair and impartial courts.