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August 30, 2011


D. Thomas

Actually, I've spent as much time knee-deep in sewage as the average plumber.

Carol L. Ziegler

I am all for plumbers particularly since I come from a family of distinguished construction workers but I know the difference between good plumbers and good lawyers. Lawyers have special obligations to serve the public interest and to participate in pro bono representation that provides access to the courts for those who cannot afford to pay. If you know a plumber who will waive his or her fees for those who are indigent, please let me know.


Justices of the Supreme Court will always need plumbers. Plumbers will rarely need SCOTUS Justices.


More of the social disconnect in Washington DC. I for one am very thankful for plumbers and have respect for them and the work they do. I suppose, when you are a pompous ass, it is hard to express how proud you are of yourself, without degrading some of the loyal subjects. Shame on her...

Craig Ball

Though I appreciate why some might take the remark as disparaging plumbers, I don't see it that way at all. Justice Ginsburg was saying that, unless you strive to use your legal education for a greater purpose than simply making a buck, members of the legal profession deserve no status greater than that of those who pursue less prestigious occupations. Specifying plumbers doesn't disparage plumbers so much as recognize that plumbers' unglamorous-but-essential work is no different from the practice of law, except that the lawyer has greater opportunity to change the world for the better.

Plumber was the right choice because it's hard, dirty work, and a position few young people aspire for or borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars to become. Justice Ginsburg's point was, in essence, "You law grads think you're so much better than the fellow with his hands in shit. Well, you're not, until and unless you do the thing that your privileged role in society allows you and denies the plumber."

M. Rivera

How sad that such a highly educated woman could not find a better way to state that law students should seek to change the world for the better without disparaging another profession to make her point.

Its just another example of how we speak our minds in this world without thinking of the consequence, no matter how well-intentioned.

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