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A moment of silence is not inherently religious.
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All over the country federal courts are facing certain international law issues as a result of treaties like NAFTA.
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Despite the encouraging and wonderful gains and the changes for women which have occurred in my lifetime, there is still room to advance and to promote correction of the remaining deficiencies and imbalances.
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Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.
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Each of us brings to our job, whatever it is, our lifetime of experience and our values.
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Having family responsibilities and concerns just has to make you a more understanding person.
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Historically courts in this country have been insulated. We do not look beyond our borders for precedents.
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I don't know that there are any short cuts to doing a good job.
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I need to retire from retirement.
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I think the important thing about my appointment is not that I will decide cases as a woman, but that I am a woman who will get to decide cases.
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I wanted to be a cattle rancher when I was young, because it was what I knew and I loved it.
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I'm a judge. It seemed to me that it was critical to try to take action to stem the criticism and help people understand that in the constitutional framework, it's terribly important not to have a system of retaliation against decisions people don't like.
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I'm participating in a new foundation that our nation is involved in, a civic society building project in the Middle East and North Africa. It's called the Foundation for the Future. About 12 or 13 nations have contributed money to have some projects, and our nation has contributed more than most.
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If I stumbled badly in doing the job, I think it would have made life more difficult for women, and that was a great concern of mine and still is.
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It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself.
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It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren.
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It matters enormously to a successful democratic society like ours that we have three branches of government, each with some independence and some control over the other two. That's set out in the Constitution.
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Justice Ginsburg is a very competent justice, and it is a joy to have her on the court, but particularly for me it is a pleasure to have a second woman on the court.
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Most high courts in other nations do not have discretion, such as we enjoy, in selecting the cases that the high court reviews. Our court is virtually alone in the amount of discretion it has.
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My concern was whether I could do the job of a justice well enough to convince the nation that my appointment was the right move.
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My hope is that 10 years from now, after I've been across the street at work for a while, they'll all be glad they gave me that wonderful vote.
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My sense is that jurists from other nations around the world understand that our court occupies a very special place in the American system, and that the court is rather well regarded in comparison, perhaps, to their own.
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Now you are seeing proposals in Congress to cut budgets of courts in an effort to in effect punish them for things the legislators don't like. There's a resolution pending to give grounds for impeachment if a judge cites a foreign judgment. You see a proposal for an inspector general for judges.
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Occasionally we have to interpret an international treaty - one, perhaps, affecting airlines and liability for injury to passengers or damage to goods. Then, of course, we have to look to the precedents of other member nations in resolving issues.
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Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.
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Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment.
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The abortion cases produced an enormous amount of mail to my chambers, vastly more than to the other chambers, I am sure. I sometimes thought there wasn't a woman in the United States who didn't write me a letter on one side or the other of that issue.
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The courts of this country should not be the places where resolution of disputes begins. They should be the places where the disputes end after alternative methods of resolving disputes have been considered and tried.
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The Establishment Clause prohibits government from making adherence to a religion relevant in any way to a person's standing in the political community.
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The fact is, we are a nine-member court that sits on cases.
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The framers of the Constitution were so clear in the federalist papers and elsewhere that they felt an independent judiciary was critical to the success of the nation.
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The members of the court were just delighted to have a ninth member - male or female. They were all kind and welcoming.
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The more education a woman has, the wider the gap between men's and women's earnings for the same work.
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The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender.
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There was no hostility at the court when I arrived.
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We don't accomplish anything in this world alone... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something.
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We hold that the reckless disregard for human life implicit in knowingly engaging in criminal activity known to carry a grave risk of death represents a highly culpable mental state that may be taken into account in making a capital sentencing judgment not inevitable, lethal result.
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We pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to the values, principles, and education they need to make them good citizens.
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What was a problem was the excessive amount of media attention to the appointment of the first woman and everything she did. Everywhere that Sandra went, the press was sure to go. And that got tiresome; it was stressful.
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When I was nominated in 1981, and took the position, it was incredible to see doors opening for women around the world on courts and for other positions, too. And law schools became more open. More young women started attending law school. It's now half and half, at least, if not more.
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When I went to law school, which after all was back in the dark ages, we never looked beyond our borders for precedents. As a state court judge, it never would have occurred to me to do so, and when I got to the Supreme Court, it was very much the same. We just didn't do it.
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When there are only eight members, it does not function right, particularly in those days when it often divided four to four.
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Yes, I will bring the understanding of a woman to the Court, but I doubt that alone will affect my decisions.
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Young women today often have very little appreciation for the real battles that took place to get women where they are today in this country. I don't know how much history young women today know about those battles.
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The 2010 Women's Conference held at the Long Beach convention centre

2010-10-26

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