She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 19591961. From 19611963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was a Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 19631972, and Columbia Law School from 19721980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California, from 19771978.
In 1971, she was instrumental in launching the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU's General Counsel from 19731980, and on the National Board of Directors from 19741980. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. President Clinton nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1993, and she took her seat August 10, 1993.
Adapted from The Supreme Court of the United States, courtesy of Supreme Court Historical Society.