Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has welcomed a replacement. No one thought she would make this move, but she surprised allies and enemies alike.
Soon after Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Ginsburg welcomed him to the bench by gifting him a law clerk manual he had created nearly 25 years ago — an item she had in her possession.
The manual was passed on to Ginsburg by former Justice Byron White, who Ginsburg replaced on the court. At the time, Gorsuch clerked for White and the justice gave him the responsibility to compile the book to help as a guide for incoming clerks.
Never did Gorsuch expect to see this treasured tome many years later, and he discussed his surprise in a recent interview. Gorsuch said, “In my first week on the court, what do I receive?
“A note in my inbox along with a big binder saying, ‘You may recognize some of this. I hope I’ve improved it a little bit since you’ve last seen it,'” Gorsuch continued, explaining how he received the special gift.
While Gorsuch and Ginsburg are almost always on opposite sides of any given court opinion, this is a testament to how justices typically work hard to get along at a personal level. Ginsburg welcoming him in such way in something he won’t forget.
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