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Justice Ginsburg gets honorary degree from University at Buffalo


Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg received a SUNY Honorary Degree from the University at Buffalo on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in New York Monday to receive an honorary degree from the state’s University at Buffalo after recently completing cancer treatment.

Ginsburg, 86, underwent three weeks of radiation treatment at Sloan Kettering Hospital for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas. Doctors said no evidence of the disease remains.

The liberal justice made little mention of her health during an hour-long appearance at the SUNY schoolMonday. She came at the behest of Wayne Wisbaum, a college friend and Buffalo attorney who died last year, according to the Buffalo News.

During a question-and-answer session in the morning, Ginsburg told the sold-out crowd that her own career as a trailblazing advocate for gender equity had been inspired by her own heroines: aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and fictional detective Nancy Drew.

She called her recent elevation into pop-culture stardom through the documentary “RBG” and the feature film “On the Basis of Sex" an unexpected surprise.

“I am now 86 years old, yet people of all ages want to take their picture of me. Amazing.”

Ginsburg, a Brooklyn native, is the leader of the court’s liberal wing and a crucial vote on an ideologically divided bench. President Trump’s two previous court appointees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, have staunchly sided with the court’s conservative wing.

Ginsburg’s health has been closely watched, and this summer’s cancer treatment was only the most recent health scare. She has survived bouts with colon and an earlier pancreatic cancer, and last year had cancerous nodules removed from her lungs.

With Wire Services