Martin D. Ginsburg

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Martin D. Ginsburg
BornMartin David Ginsburg
(1932-06-10)June 10, 1932
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 27, 2010(2010-06-27) (aged 78)
Washington, DC, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materHarvard Law School
Cornell University
Spouse(s)
Ruth Bader (m. 1954)
Awards2006 American Bar Association Tax Section's Distinguished Service Award
Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel
Honoree, Martin D. Ginsburg Chair at GULC
SNYU, Outstand Achiev Awd
Martin Abzug Good Guy Awd
1996 Marshall-Wythe Medallion, Coll. of William and Mary Sch. Law
Scientific career
FieldsTaxation law
InstitutionsGeorgetown University Law Center
InfluencedDavid Schizer
Notes

Martin David Ginsburg (June 10, 1932 – June 27, 2010) was a taxation law expert and the husband of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He was a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and of counsel to the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

Early life and education[edit]

Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, to Evelyn (née Bayer) and Morris Ginsburg, a department store executive,[4] and grew up on New York's Long Island. His family was Jewish.[5] Ginsburg earned an A.B. from Cornell University in 1953 and a J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School in 1958.[2] He was a star on Cornell's golf team.[3][4] Ginsburg finished a year at law school and married Joan Ruth Bader after her graduation from Cornell. That same year, Ginsburg, an ROTC Officer in the Army Reserve, was called up for active duty, and stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.[6][7] Ginsburg took advantage of his undergraduate training in chemistry to work in the mess hall.[citation needed] In 1956, he returned to law school and his wife also entered Harvard Law School. During his third year at Harvard, Ginsburg endured two operations and radiation therapy to treat testicular cancer.[8]

Career[edit]

After graduating from law school in 1958, Ginsburg joined the firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He was subsequently admitted to the bar in New York in 1959 and in the District of Columbia in 1980.[2]

Ginsburg taught at New York University Law School as an adjunct faculty member from 1967 to 1979.[3] He was a visiting professor at Stanford Law School (1977–1978),[1] Harvard Law School (1985–1986), the University of Chicago Law School (1989–1990), and NYU (1992–1993).[9] He was a tenured professor at Columbia Law School (Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law) from 1979 to 1980, and at Georgetown from 1980 until his death in 2010.[1][10]

In 1971, Ginsburg's firm represented H. Ross Perot in a business matter, and the two men became close friends. After President Jimmy Carter nominated his wife to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980, Ginsburg reached out to Perot and other influential friends to assure her Senate confirmation.[1] In 1984, Ginsburg resolved complex tax questions that threatened General Motors's acquisition of Perot's Electronic Data Systems. In 1986, Perot endowed the Martin Ginsburg chair in taxation at Georgetown, although Ginsburg never filled this appointment.[1][10]

Personal life and marriage[edit]

Shortly after graduating from Cornell in 1954, Ginsburg married Ruth Bader on June 23. Ruth said she and Martin decided whatever profession they pursued, they would pursue it together. The couple chose law, and both studied at Harvard Law School.

They are the parents of Jane Carol Ginsburg (born 1955), and James Steven Ginsburg (born 1965). Martin often told people how he did not make Law Review at Harvard, and Ruth did, sharing how he was proud of her successes, even when they were above his own. However, as he was also very successful in his career as a tax attorney, the couple enjoyed supporting one another and maintaining balance.[11] Ginsburg was quoted as saying, "We had nearly two whole years far from school, far from career pressures and far from relatives, to learn about each other and begin to build a life."[12] They thrived in their own domains.[13] As his lighthearted self, Martin liked to say he was very lucky to have gotten in on an incredible journey by marrying Ruth, on her pathway to the Supreme Court.[13]

The dynamic of the Ginsburg's marriage was radical for their day and age. Ruth did not lose her freedom or career to housewife obligations and neither upheld the stereotypical gender roles. Rather, they had a partnership in which they maintained the same goals and worked together to pursue them, all the while maintaining endearment and love for one another. Martin received praise in the press for supporting his wife, following where her career took them, and putting her first. He, however, simply remarked, "It's not a sacrifice; it's family".[14] Additionally, such sacrifices were mutual. Just as Martin moved to Washington D.C. for Ruth's career, Ruth willingly transferred from Harvard to Columbia Law school to follow her husband in his. In the same way they maintained balance in their home life, putting the needs of the other first and keeping balance between who would focus on work and who would take on the majority of the childcare. They had a mutual agreement that, unless there were extreme circumstances, they would both be home every night for dinner with their family.[15] Ruth was insistent that others know her children had two parents and two caretakers, not just herself. Such agreements resulted in equally shared responsibilities at home, giving them room to split their time fairly and maintain successful careers.

Martin happily took on the cooking, helped with childcare, and other domestic roles, though at the time a rarity. Once each term, he cooked a meal for his wife's clerks.[16]

Death[edit]

Ginsburg died from cancer on June 27, 2010.[17] He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.[18]

In popular culture[edit]

In the 2018 film On the Basis of Sex, a biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Marty is portrayed by Armie Hammer, with Ruth played by Felicity Jones.[19]

Writings[edit]

  • Martin D. Ginsburg, Spousal Transfers: In '58, It Was Different, Harvard Law Record, May 6, 1977, at 11
  • Ginsburg, Martin (1995). Mergers, acquisitions, and buyouts. A transactional analysis of the governing tax, legal, and accounting considerations (Jan. 1995 ed.). Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-31275-4.
  • Ginsburg, Martin (1995). Mergers, acquisitions, and buyouts. Sample acquisition agreements with tax and legal analysis (Jan. 1995 ed.). Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown.
  • Ginsburg, Martin (1994). Mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts. A transactional analysis of the governing tax, legal, and accounting considerations as of ... Chicago, Illinois: Commerce Clearing House.
  • Martin D. Ginsburg, ed. (1970). SEC and tax consequences of corporate acquisitions. Carl W. Schneider. New York, New York: Practising Law Institute.
  • Martin D. Ginsburg, ed. (1989). Mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts. Jack S. Levin. Chicago, Illinois: Commerce Clearing House.
  • coauth, "Maintaining Subchapter S in an Integrated Tax World," Tax Law Rev 47 (93)
  • coauth, "The Subchapter S One Class of Stock Regulation, Tax Notes 69 (95): 233
  • auth, "The S Corporation Reform Act: Generally a Good Start, Tax Notes 67 (95): 1825
  • auth, "The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997: Worse Than You Think, Tax Notes 76 (97): 1790
  • coauth, "Evaluating Proposals to Tax Intragroup Spin-Offs, Tax Notes (97)
  • auth, "Taxing the Components of Income: A U.S. Perspective, Georgetown Law J, 23 (97)
  • auth, "Some Thoughts on Working, Saving, and Consuming in Nunn–Domenici's Tax World," Nat Tax J 48 (97): 585
  • repub, Tax Policy in the Real World, Cambridge Univ Press, 99
  • auth, "Presentation: U.S. Tax Court's Memorial Service for Senior Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr.," TC (99)
  • "In Memoriam: Theodore Tannenwald, Jr.," Tax Lawyer (99)
  • Jack S., Levin (May 22, 2009). Ginsburg, Martin D.; Rocap, Donald E.; Light, Russell S., eds. Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Transactions (PDF) (2009 ed.). Aspen Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7355-8160-9. LCCN 97647593. Retrieved 2009-10-01.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Stephen Labaton (June 17, 1993). "The Man Behind the High Court Nominee". New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  2. ^ a b c "Martin David Ginsburg." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 2009. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC. Fee via Fairfax County Public Library, accessed 2009-09-30. Document Number: K2014612855.
  3. ^ a b c Pamela F. Olson (May 5, 2006). "2006 Distinguished Service Award Recipient: Professor Martin D. Ginsburg" (PDF). American Bar Association. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  4. ^ a b Strebeigh, Fred (2009). Equal: Women Reshape American Law (1st ed.). New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-06555-8. LCCN 2008044463. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  5. ^ https://abigailpogrebin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/stars_of_david_excerpts.pdf
  6. ^ "A Conversation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Harvard Law School". Harvard Law School. Retrieved 2014-02-22.
  7. ^ Hensley, Thomas R.; Hale, Kathleen; Snook, Carl (2006). The Rehnquist Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy. ABC-CLIO Supreme Court handbooks (hardcover ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. p. 92. ISBN 1-57607-200-2. LCCN 2006011011. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  8. ^ Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 31, 2004). "The Changing Complexion of Harvard Law School" (PDF). Harvard Women's Law Journal. President and Fellows of Harvard College. 27: 306. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  9. ^ "Sequence 2536 (Page 7): Harvard Law School. Harvard Law School catalog. [Cambridge, Mass. : Published by the University, 1970 Harvard University Library PDS]". Cambridge, Massachusetts. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2009-10-01. Martin D. Ginsburg, A.B., J.D., Visiting Professor of Law (Spring Term 1985–86)
  10. ^ a b "Martin D. Ginsburg." Directory of American Scholars, 10th ed. Gale Group, 2002. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 2009. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC. Fee via Fairfax County Public Library, accessed 2009-09-30. Document Number: K1612531251
  11. ^ Carmon, Irin (2015). Notorious R.B.G. The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. New York: Harper Collins.
  12. ^ Martin Ginsburg's Legacy: Love Of Justice (Ginsburg), NPR Article of July 4, 2010 (retrieved August 3, 2018)
  13. ^ a b Carmon, Irin (2015). Notorious RBG. Harper Collins. p. 96.
  14. ^ Carmon, Irin (2015). Notorious RBG. Harper Collins. p. 98.
  15. ^ Carmon, Irin (2015). Notorious RBG. Harper Collins. p. 102.
  16. ^ Christopher R. Benson (2007). "A Renewed Call for Diversity Among Supreme Court Clerks: How a Diverse Body of Clerks Can Aid the High Court as an Institution" (PDF). Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal. Harvard Law School. 23: 42. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  17. ^ "Husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies". The Washington Post. June 27, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  18. ^ "Martin Ginsburg, justice's husband, dies". USA Today. June 28, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
  19. ^ Empire. "Armie Hammer Joins Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biopic On The Basis Of Sex". Empire.

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