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Justice Ginsburg Safe, Speaks at Hastings College of Law

By Robyn Hagan Cain on September 16, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

We know that you’re not supposed to want to exit an airplane by way of an emergency slide, but we’ve always wanted to try it. We don’t want to be on a plane that’s in danger; we want to check out the slide in a safe, controlled environment.

For example, flight attendants must execute all emergency evacuation procedures as part of their training. See? Controlled environment.

Unless we change careers to spend our lives flying the friendly skies, we doubt we’ll ride the slide any time soon. Instead, we’re resigned to living vicariously through our favorite judicial fashion maven, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

That's right: Justice Ginsburg has been on an emergency evacuation slide ... and we have not.

Ginsburg was en route to a speaking engagement at the University of California Hastings College of Law on Wednesday when her plane was evacuated due to an engine fire. The plane had not yet left the ground.

Along with her fellow passengers, Justice Ginsburg rode the slide to safety, and waited to be booked on a later flight. Luckily, no one was seriously injured.

At her speech at Hastings on Thursday, Justice Ginsburg made little mention of the incident, only noting that she had not planned an evacuation as part of her journey, reports The Washington Post. Instead, Ginsburg focused on gender equality cases from her years of practice, a topic dear to the jurist's heart if her mock trial history is any indication.

Justice Ginsburg also touched on the hardest aspect of her job: considering death penalty cases. Though the justice opposes the death penalty, she told the crowd at Hastings that she stays engaged in death penalty cases to have "a voice in what's going on."

Justice Ginsburg will be off of the lecture circuit and back on the bench soon. First Monday is October 3.

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