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Very early in our careers in the legal industry we realize that not only do we all work together, but we also learn together, we grow together, we celebrate together,
and we mourn together.
Sadly, we lost an American legend and true trailblazer today.  A skilled and dedicated attorney, that in spite of facing discrimination rose above the fray to become the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
Her vote was pivotal in nearly two-thirds of the closest cases, during her tenure,
more than 350 in all.
On a personal note, she graciously always took time to speak with court staff, never perfunctory, but consistently upbeat, caring, and kind.  Think about that, even in highly charged and adversarial situations treating each and every person in the room with the same respect and dignity.
It was a tangible gift, and one I am blessed to have learned from.
“The freedom to criticize judges and other public officials is necessary to a
vibrant democracy.”
 Sandra Day O’Connor