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Harvard Law School students pay tribute to alumnus RBG

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg sitting on a suitcase: A memorial board with notes from students was set up at Harvard Law School on Sept. 19, 2020. © Provided by WCVB Boston A memorial board with notes from students was set up at Harvard Law School on Sept. 19, 2020.

Students at Harvard Law School paid tribute to alumnus and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg the day after she died.

Ginsburg, 87, died at her home in Washington Friday night due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to the court.

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The justice known as "RBG" was a law student at Harvard from 1956 through 1958, and became the first female member of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. She was one of just nine women in her entire Harvard Law class.

On Saturday, students put up a sign reading "RIP RBG" that was decorated with American flags. Flowers were also placed next to that sign.

In addition, others lit Jewish yahrzeit candles in her memory and placed apples to signify Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish new year -- alongside a poster with an image of Ginsburg. Students placed notes of remembrance on that poster, commemorating her impact.

"She graduated top of her class and couldn't even get a job after law school because law firms didn't want to hire a woman," said Catherine Walker-Jacks, a Harvard Law student. "So I think being a woman in law school, having her guiding light is very powerful."

"We're really lucky to be here as young women. Ruth Bader Ginsburg really shattered a lot of glass ceilings for us to be standing where we are," said Annie Whitney, another Harvard Law student.

Harvard University students, like many around the country, are looking ahead to what could be next for the Supreme Court in the wake of Ginsburg's death, which comes just over six weeks before the November election, and has set off a heated debate as to whether or not her seat should remain vacant until after people have cast their ballots for president.

"I would like to see us wait, especially given what Justice Ginsburg's last words were," said Harvard student Kendall Shields. "She was so adamant about wanting to stay alive until the election."

"I personally wouldn't want the government to have to rush through this since it's just such a pivotal moment that could cement what this institution goes forward with for decades," said fellow student Josh Josephy-Zack.

Ginsburg first attended Harvard Law but finished her degree at Columbia University when she moved to New York City with her husband, Martin D. Ginsburg.

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