Lady Kaga Sings Praise for Notorious RBG

February 5th, 2014

The New York City Bar has a post about Justice Kagan’s “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law,” given in honor of, well Justice Ginsburg. Kagan fetes Ginsburg for her role as a litigator, and a jurist. But one of the coolest parts of the lecture is all of the pop-culture references Lady Kaga squeezes in–from the Greenbag Bobblehead to Buzzfeed to the Notorious RBG tumblr.

“As a litigator, and then as a judge, she changed the face of American anti-discrimation law,” Justice Kagan said of Justice Ginsburg. “More than any other person, she can take credit for making the laws of this country work. And in doing so, she made possible my own career, and later on the careers of today’s devotees of the Notorious RBG Tumblr and the Ruth Bader GinsBlog.”

Those were references to the lighter side of the evening, in which Justice Kagan described Justice Ginsburg’s remarkable influence on the wider culture: the “Notorious RBG rap video” (of which Justice Ginsburg is reportedly a great fan), the opera and thecomic book she inspired, the Buzzfeed ‘listicle’ on “19 Reasons Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Your Favorite Supreme Court Justice,” and the Ruth Bader Ginsburg bobblehead that Justice Kagan displayed on the dais.

Awesome. This may be a first–a Justice using the word “listicle.” Someone should ask Justice Scalia what “listicle” means (but he should prepare to get smacked).


H/T How Appealing