W&L Law Community Read Event, Wed. Feb. 8

The Law Library at Washington and Lee University will host the third annual W&L Law Community Read event on Wednesday, February 8 from 5 to 6pm in the Millhiser Moot Court Room. A panel of legal practitioners and scholars will discuss the real-life inspirations and context of John Grisham’s best-selling 2014 novel, Gray Mountain. Set in the coal country of western Virginia, the book brings to the fore unique legal issues related to industrial mining and its impact on the environment, human health, business, and other cultural and social aspects of life in rural Appalachia. All members of the W&L community are welcome to attend this free event. Panelists include:

    • Mary Cromer, Staff Attorney at the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center and advisor to Mr. Grisham for the novel
    • Jill Fraley, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law and History at W&L
    • Timothy MacDonnell, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Advanced Administrative Litigation Clinic (Black Lung) at W&L

Justice Ginsburg and Justice Powell

Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. had been a Retired Justice for six years when Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. They did, however, have some interactions. On learning of the nomination, Powell wrote to her saying, “Your nomination to fill the vacancy on this Court created by Byron White’s retirement pleases me. … I have admired you dating back many years. I look forward to having you here at the Court.”

Justice Powell was no doubt alluding to Ginsburg’s appearances as an advocate before him and his fellow Justices in such cases as  Frontiero v. RichardsonKahn v. Shevin , Weinberger v. WiesenfeldEdwards v. HealyCalifano v. Goldfarb , and Duren v. Missouri.

Nominee Ginsburg replied with the following note.