Alabama Law Professor Remembers Clerking for Ginsburg

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More than 100 former law clerks for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg accompanied her casket outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.

University of Alabama School of Law Professor Heather Elliott was among them, paying her respects and honoring Ginsburg’s service to her country.

Elliott served as a law clerk for Ginsburg for a year starting in 2001.

“As a boss, she was very demanding,” Elliott said. “She worked incredibly hard and expected us to work correspondingly hard, but not any harder than she did.”

Ginsburg was an interesting person to work for because she was a night owl, Elliott said, and did much of her work in the early morning hours. But her favorite memory isn’t one of those late-night work sessions. It was much more mundane, but just as important.

“My most wonderful memory my year clerking for Justice Ginsburg is actually seeing her with her husband Marty,” Elliott said.

Ginsburg’s husband was a well-known tax lawyer, but he let his wife shine, Elliott said.

She went to Harvard Law School. Was one of the first female law professors in the country. One of the first women judges in the country and the second woman who served on the Supreme Court.

“Her husband was pretty amazing and supportive,” Elliott said. “I just have many pictures in my head seeing them interact and how happy they were together. That was a great part of that job.”

Ginsburg served on the Supreme Court from 1993 to her death on Sept. 18.

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