What a loss. Just the sense of not having Justice Ginsburg in the world shakes the solidity of an already shaken soul. We in the public interest lawyering community, as well as all of those who work to repair the world, feel adrift. Again. John Lewis. Elijah Cummings. Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
An important thing about Justice Ginsburg’s legacy is what only happened, and could only happen, in the last decade. As the Justice got older, she got cooler – or so pop culture decided. How often does that happen? Our young country mostly relishes youth and forgets to honor elders. But as an octogenarian, Justice Ginsburg became RBG. Notorious for her extraordinary tenacity, intelligence, and wit. The law and the Court were noticed. Girls had a hero in a wise old woman who led with her words, analysis, truth, writing, and public speaking. Those were her super powers. That was her might.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy, our colleagues, and country are mourning. Many of us have the honor of doing so as lawyers and as part of the lawyering community. We will continue to advocate for older people, and for everyone left behind in these transactional times.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s memory is a blessing – and a constant instruction to do justice.