Judicial Portraits
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Portrait Ceremony
Transcript of Ceremony: November 3, 2000

Dates Served
1980 - 1993

Biographical Sketch
Born 1933 in Brooklyn, NY

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit
Nominated by Jimmy Carter on April 14, 1980, to a seat vacated by Harold Leventhal; Confirmed by the Senate on June 18, 1980, and received commission on June 18, 1980. Service terminated on August 9, 1993, due to appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by William J. Clinton on June 22, 1993, to a seat vacated by Byron R. White; Confirmed by the Senate on August 3, 1993, and received commission on August 5, 1993.

Harvard Law School
Cornell University, A.B., 1954
Columbia Law School, LL.B., 1959

Professional Career:
Law secretary, Hon. Edmund L. Palmieri, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1959-1961
Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure, 1961-1963
Research associate, 1961-1962
Associate director, 1962-1963
Rutgers Law School, professor, 1963-1972
Columbia Law School, professor, 1972-1980
Counsel, ACLU Women's Rights Project, 1972-1980
General counsel, American Civil Liberties Union, 1973-1980
National board of directors, ACLU, 1974-1980
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA, 1977-1978

Frame Dimensions
Oil on canvas 38 1/2" X 32"

Simmie Knox (1935 - ) A native of Washington, D.C., Simmie Knox graduated from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and has specialized in portraits since 1981. Mr. Knox exhibited as an abstract artist and worked for the Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. during the 1970s. His abstract art was displayed in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1971.

After years of painting abstract and other art forms, Mr. Knox turned full time to portraiture. His commissions feature entertainers, educators, military officers, judges, and private individuals and include Justice Thurgood Marshall in 1989, Senator Verda Welcome in 1990, Senator Herman Holloway in 1995, and Muhammad Ali in 1995. Perhaps Knox's most notable commission was to paint the official Portrait of President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton, unveiled in 2004.

Mr. Knox's work is exhibited in the White House, the U.S. Senate, in courthouses, schools, museums, and private collections across the country.

Year Painted