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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will like talk about the human side of her life during a visit to Hastings Thursday.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an eloquent speaker and clearly one of the brilliant minds in the country.
Thursday during a speaking engagement at Hastings College of Law in the City, she will likely begin with a story that made headlines Tuesday and had nothing to do with the law.
Justice Ginsburg was on the United Airlines plane that had its passengers exit down the emergency evacuation chute after smoke was reported in one of the plane's engines. She slid down the slide like everybody else. A Dulles airport spokeswoman said three people were hurt in the evacuation, but only one of them needed to be taken to a hospital. The 78-year-old cancer survivor was not among the injured.
The emergency didn't stop Justice Ginsburg from keeping her date in San Francisco. Hastings promises she will make her speaking engagement after simply hopping on a later flight.
After she gets done with telling the mini-drama of the week, Ginsburg is scheduled to talk about the role of Supreme Court justices in our political system; abortion vs. choice; progress on achieving gender equality; First Amendment cases; Equal Protection cases; the role of foreign law in Supreme Court decisions; the legal limits of free speech, and working relationships among the justices.
Earlier in the day she is scheduled to mingle with the students by joining professor David Faigman for his Constitutional Law class. She is also supposed to meet with the staff of the UC Hastings Women's Law Journal.
If her current title isn't impressive enough, here's a few more details from Ginsburg's resume: