Following the death of Justice Ruth Badger Ginsburg, who passed away on Friday, September 18 after a battle with cancer, friends, family, and former colleagues honored her at the Supreme Court.
The late justice’s casket was brought to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, September 23, where a private ceremony was held for her inside the Great Hall.
Before the gathering began, people paid their respects outside of the courthouse and more than 100 of her former law clerks stood socially distanced on the plaza to honor their late boss.
The clerks, who all work black and face masks, wanted to honor Ginsberg’s incredible life and career as a passionate fighter for equality, as well as thank her for helping their careers.
In fact, some clerks even served as pallbearers and helped to carry her casket into the building.
Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., whose husband is a former law clerk of Ginsberg’s, spoke at the ceremony about her legacy.
“To be born into a world that does not see you, that does not believe in your potential, that does not give you a path for opportunity or a clear path for education, and despite this to be able to see beyond the world you are in, to imagine that something can be different – that is the job of a prophet,” she said.
“And it is the rare prophet who not only imagines a new world but also makes that new world a reality in her lifetime. This was the brilliance and vision of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”
Chief Justice John Roberts also spoke about Ginsberg’s accomplished life and what she meant to the Supreme Court for so many years.
“The court was her family, too. This building was her home, too,” he shared.
“Of course, she will live on in what she did to improve the law and the lives of all of us. And yet, still, Ruth is gone and we grieve.”
Former President Bill Clinton, who nominated Ginsberg to the Supreme Court in 1993, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also visited the Supreme Court on Wednesday to pay their respects.
President Trump is expected to pay his respects on Thursday, September 24.
The late justice will then be moved to the U.S. Capitol on Friday, September 25 where she will become the first woman to lie in state, which is a tradition that allows the public to pay respects to officials who have passed.