Saturday, May 13, 2017

Supreme Court Justice Visits

If you will study at Columbia Law School, you cannot but notice that the law school’s entire pride is notorious R.B.G: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Her portrait hangs prominently in the lobby; it seems that every professor has the obligation to mention her at least once in class. And almost for sure, there will be an occasion to listen to her sharing her wisdom on constitutional matters.

Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to meet R.B.G. I was too slow to sign up in time to receive one of the tickets, the Law School distributed this semester. All the more, I was lucky to have the unique chance to attend a visit of Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. On the occasion of the conferral of the Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Award, Justice Breyer visited the Law School for almost two days, and presented his views on the relationship between constitutional law and international law. I attended the Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Banquet in the chic Club ‘21’, organized by the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. It was a great opportunity to mingle and if you were brave enough even to intimately chat with the very friendly, smart, lively and eloquent Justice Breyer. The food was “American delicious” – you will soon discover what this means (…the desert was sweet but great…). Interesting talks with partners of law firms and your fellow classmates and not at least the emotional and inspiring address by Justice Breyer made this an experience I will definitely not forget – even though it took place already a month ago, and exams hindered me from reporting earlier.


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