Sunday, March 08, 2009


Great quote this week from Justice Ginsburg:
"One month after her surgery for pancreatic cancer, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday she expects to be on the Supreme Court for several more years. In an interview, she also vividly recalled why, on her second day back on the bench, she attended President Obama's televised speech to a joint session of Congress.

'First, I wanted people to see that the Supreme Court isn't all male,' the lone female justice said of the evening event Feb. 24. 'I also wanted them to see I was alive and well, contrary to that senator who said I'd be dead within nine months.'"

As it is International Women's Day, here is Ginsburg, the lone woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, in conversation with a U.K. appellate judge, Baroness Hale, at Georgetown Law Center in 2008 if you are so inclined:

And here are a few remarks from Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin on the occasion of the appointments of Justices Rosalie Abella and Louise Charron to the Supreme Court in 2004:
Allow me to add one thing about our two new judges, something that you may have already noticed: they are women. A few years ago, on the occasion of the Court’s 125th anniversary, Canada Post issued a stamp representing the members of the Court as five men and four women. The artist clearly was a visionary, and the vision is now reality. No other comparable Court, anywhere in the world, to my knowledge, has come so far in giving women a voice in its deliberations. I am proud that, with the appointment of Rosalie Silberman Abella and Louise Charron, the composition of the Supreme Court now approaches an accurate reflection of the place of women within the judiciary, within the legal profession, and within Canadian society more generally. For this reason too, this is truly a memorable day.
The fourth woman Justice is Marie Deschamps.

(h/t Political Wire)