University of Virginia School of Law
Joe Palmore shared a memory of his time clerking for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the University of Virginia School of Law’s memorial tribute.
Joe told his alma mater that when he was having trouble finding daycare for his son, the Justice helped him fix the problem.
“One day, I accompanied the Justice to a speech at the Georgetown Law Center,” Joe said. “After, we squeezed into an elevator with Court security officers and Georgetown personnel. When the doors closed, the Justice asked, ‘Where is the daycare center?’ Baffled, one of the Georgetown escorts told her. The Justice answered, ‘I’d like to go there.’ So we did. We got off the elevator, and the Justice led me and the rest of the entourage into the daycare center. At the front desk, she announced, ‘Hello, I’m Justice Ginsburg. My clerk Joe is looking for a daycare spot for his son, Simon. We’d like a tour.’ The Justice and I then navigated the blocks, toys, and toddlers to check out the daycare center. Together.”
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