The News in Brief: Ginsburg celebrates, Christo decorates, Stevens remonstrates, Coop discombobulates

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Ginsburg Speaks at Celebration 55

The lone female Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, spoke at the Law School as part of its Celebration 55 event, marking over half a century since HLS began admitting women. Ginsburg attended HLS from 1956 to 58, when she transferred to Columbia. She began her discussion by celebrating the pioneering role of Belva Lockwood, the first woman to gain admission to the Supreme Court bar, in 1879. Ginsburg went on to note that the absence of former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor had radically changed the makeup of the court. She also observed that, in contrast to the U.S., the Canadian Supreme Court included four women among its nine-justice panel. On the Supreme Court’s receptivity to decisions made abroad, Ginsburg said, “if we don’t listen, we won’t be listened to.”

Program on Negotiation Honors Christo and Jeanne-Claude

In an event held at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, HLS’ Program on Negotiation presented its “Great Negotiator Award” to artists Christo and Jeanne Claude. The artists are well-known for their large scale projects, which often consume vast swathes of important civic spaces. Among their most highly-acclaimed projects were “The Gates,” a installation of thousands of saffron curtains along pathways in New York City’s Central Park, and the wrapping of the Reichstag building in Berlin. They were the first artists presented the prestigious award in negotiation – which usually goes to leaders in international business or diplomacy – for their role in working with local authorities to bring about their projects’ success.

Palin Isn’t Only Alaskan Facing Corruption Charges

The corruption trial of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens ’50 began Monday with allegations that the lawmaker failed to disclose half a million dollars worth of gifts from business associate Bill Allen. Stevens’ trial was moved up in hopes of obtaining a verdict before Election Day, when Senator Stevens faces another challenge at the polls. Democrats are hoping that after years of delivering pork to his home state – Stevens is the longest serving Republican in the Senate, and is so popular in Alaska that the Anchorage airport is named for him – the trial proves the nail in the coffin of his candidacy. The New York Times reports that Stevens is unlikely to attend the trial because “it would expose to an open-ended cross-examination a man who is regarded even by his Senate colleagues as ill-tempered and difficult to like.”

Law Coop Confusing Tourists

“A steady flow of locals and tourists” have been confusedly entering the new Law Coop on Mass. Ave., according to a bizarre report in the Harvard Crimson. According to the story, Coop clerks have become frustrated explaining to locals and tourists alike that they are not a general interest bookstore. It quotes a German tourist noting she was unimpressed with the store “considering…she was looking for the campus and came upon the one room shop instead.”

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