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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Courts - More on "Women Supreme Court Justices Celebrate 30 Years Since Court's First Female" [Updated]
[Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor] spoke at a panel discussion in her honor, along with the three women who currently sit on the Court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. * * *[Updated at 2:03 PM] Some hilarious bits in this NY Times blog entry, including:
When Duff asked about the Court's intensely active questioning from the bench, O'Connor guessed with a smile, "Maybe women ask more questions." She was also the only of the four justices to answer the inevitable question about why it is important for the Court to have an increasing number of women. "Maybe you haven't noticed, but I think maybe 51 or 52 per cent of the population are females," O'Connor said. Women notice when public institutions are mostly male, she said, and they should. "That's part of the deal."
The one aspect that got the most attention — one that continues to this day — was the morning exercise class Justice O’Connor founded.
Justice Elena Kagan, who served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall from 1987 to 1988, recalled meeting and disappointing Justice O’Connor back then.
“She was a formidable person,” Justice Kagan said. “Even a clerk knew how formidable a person Justice O’Connor was.”
Justice O’Connor encouraged the female law clerks to attend the class, but the young Ms. Kagan preferred playing basketball.
“I failed to come to the exercise group,” Justice Kagan recalled.
Justice O’Connor said, a little sharply, “I noticed.”
Later, Ms. Kagan injured herself on the court and, on crutches, encountered Justice O’Connor. “She sadly shook her head,” Justice Kagan recalled, “and she said, ‘It wouldn’t have happened in exercise class.’ ”
Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 12, 2012 01:02 PM
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