Behind A Justice's First Opinion: A Tradition Of Unanimity
Those are the words — spoken by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor — that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg associates with being assigned her first opinion as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, a few weeks into her inaugural term in the autumn of 1993.
Chief Justice William Rehnquist had assigned Justice Ginsburg a thorny dispute involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The court was split 6-3 over whether John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. was considered a fiduciary in its handling of a complicated...
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