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A 5-Decade-Long Friendship That Began With A Phone Call

In 1971, newly assigned to cover the Supreme Court, I was reading a brief in what would ultimately be the landmark case of Reed v. Reed.

It argued that the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause applied to women.

  • Nina Totenberg
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I didn’t understand some of the brief, so I flipped to the front to see who the author was, and I placed a call to Rutgers law professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

By the time I hung up an hour later, I was so full of information that I was like a goose whose innards were ready for foie gras.

I soon began calling professor Ginsburg regularly, and eventually I met her in person at a…

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