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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visits Buffalo

Posted at 1:41 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 00:08:39-04

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg paid a visit to both University at Buffalo and Kleinhans Music Hall during her trip to the Queen City.

Earlier in the day, Justice Ginsburg visited the University at Buffalo. She is the first sitting U.S. Supreme Court Justice to make an appearance. Ginsburg was awarded an honorary law degree from the college.

Ginsburg received a standing ovation during her introduction. She spent about an hour on stage. During that time, she answered a variety of questions from UB School of Law Dean Aviva Abramovsky.

Roughly 1200 attended the sold-out event.

Watch the Q&A:

Monday evening, the 86-year-old spoke at Kleinhans Music Hall often to applause and even laughter. Her appearance drawing people of all ages.

"I didn't know that this day would be preceded with three weeks of radiation, but I said I will not cancel Buffalo," Justice Ginsburg said.

The conversation covered everything from women in law to her relationship with retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

"She was the closest I came to being a big sister," she said. RBG spoke with conviction about the current nominating and approval process for the Supreme Court.

"I hope one day there will be people who care about our country--both Democrats and Republicans--who come together and say enough of this dysfunction legislature," Justice Ginsberg said.

That camaraderie--personified in her friendship with her staunchly conservative colleague, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. She joked about how candid the two were with each other.

"Sometimes I would say to him, you know this opinion is so over the top you'd be more persuasive if you tone it down. He never took my advice," said said followed by laughter.

She appeared in good health during her visit. She recently completed radiation treatment on a cancerous tumor on her pancreas.