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The Rule of Law Is at Work in Opera and the Supreme Court

Posted Sep 1, 2012 12:40 AM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was among the panelists at the "Arias of Law" CLE program. ©Kathy Anderson 2012

Opera, like great litigation, involves powerful storytelling, which evokes a variety of audience emotions.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke about her love of both mediums at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago in August during the CLE program “Arias of Law.”

The panel, moderated by Chicago lawyer Craig Martin and sponsored by the ABA Section of Litigation, also included U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli and the general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Anthony Freud.

Afterward, Ginsburg sat down with the ABA Journal to chat about music she recommends to law clerks, operas featuring legal dramas and the time she was serenaded by Plácido Domingo. Click here to view the video interview.

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Tenor Bernard Holcomb (left) and bass-baritone David Govertsen, both of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, performed "Me Voici," Faust's bargain with Mephistopheles. ©Kathy Anderson 2012

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