Justice Ginsburg Nixes Retirement Talk

Los Angeles Times
Published: 1/21/2018 10:54:51 PM
Modified: 1/21/2018 10:54:54 PM

Park City, Utah — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says thanks for asking, but she has no plans to retire anytime soon.

She has law clerks on staff through the court’s 2020 term. The earliest she could step down would be in 2021 — when she is 88.

But she said Sunday she doesn’t plan to do that.

During a Sundance Cinema Talks conversation with Nina Totenberg, Ginsburg said that her health is “very good” and that she still enjoys the work.

“As long as I can do the job full steam, I will be here.”

Ginsburg joined the Supreme Court in 1993 and generally votes with the court’s liberal wing.

In the same interview, Ginsburg said has had her fair share of “Me too” moments throughout her life.

As an undergraduate student at Cornell University, a chemistry instructor gave her a practice exam.

“The next day on the test — the test is the practice exam,” she said. The instructor had effectively provided her with the answers, “And I knew exactly what he wanted in return.”

Ginsburg didn’t shy away from confrontation about the implied quid pro quo.

“I walked into his office and said, ‘How dare you? How dare you?’ ”

But not before pre-emptively taking action during the exam.

“I deliberately made two mistakes.”

The experience took place in the early 1950s when the term “sexual harassment” wasn’t yet in existence. Its origin story would come nearly two decades later, where it was said to be coined at the very place Ginsburg experienced it — Cornell.

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