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Who Was the First Supreme Court Justice To Have a Lawyer Spouse,

and when did she marry him?

Ciarand Denlane (mail) (www):
Douglas? If so, while on the S. Ct.
10.5.2005 12:25pm
Janice N.:
RBG? Before law school?
10.5.2005 12:25pm
Brian G (mail) (www):
None of Douglas' 4 wives were lawyers, but I think one might have been a law student when he married her.
10.5.2005 12:30pm
Craig Oren (mail):
Brian, I'm almost sure that the last Mrs. Douglas practiced law. But somehow I have a feeling that the answer is pre-Douglas.
10.5.2005 12:31pm
AK (mail):
I think it's RBG, who married Martin Ginsburg, professor of law at Columbia and Georgetown.
10.5.2005 12:32pm
3L LSU (mail):
O'Connor.
10.5.2005 12:33pm
Rick:
Abe Fortas, married to Carolyn Ager, a top tax lawyer?
10.5.2005 12:34pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
I think it is indeed Fortas, who married Carolyn Agger in 1935; and Agger did end up being a highly regarded and successful tax lawyer. If anyone can identify someone earlier, though, I'll be happy to revise my thinking.
10.5.2005 12:40pm
jurisprude:
Has anyone noticed that advertisements are starting to pop up in the Comments sections on blogs? Blogspam has arrived...
10.5.2005 1:14pm
Robert West (mail) (www):
Jurisprude - blogspam has been happening for two to three years at least, alas.
10.5.2005 1:56pm
erp (mail):
Clarence Thomas. I don't know the year.
10.5.2005 3:08pm
Positive Dennis:
When Did SHE marry HIM. There can be only two answer to this question. Ginsberg or O'Conner.

Positive Dennis
10.5.2005 3:15pm
Gordon (mail):
Good point, positive Dennis:

O'Connor married in 1950. Since Ginsberg was only 17 in 1950, I think O'Connor wins.
10.5.2005 3:18pm
cathyf:

When Did SHE marry HIM. There can be only two answer to this question. Ginsberg or O'Conner.
Dennis, you need to work on your grammar. The sentence can be parsed either as: "When did she (the justice) marry him (the justice's husband)?" Or it can be parsed as: "When did she (the justice's wife) marry him (the justice)?"

(Of course it'd be a lot more complicated with gay marriage...)

cathy :-)
10.5.2005 3:22pm
Gordon (mail):
CathyF: You are right, but either Eugene intended to use some verbal trickery to throw people off, or he is guilty of, if nothing else, sloppy writing.
10.5.2005 3:32pm
Elias:
Quick! Someone call Neal Whitman!
10.5.2005 3:41pm
Devin McCullen (mail):
I think Eugene was just recognizing the well-known fact, that no matter what the man thinks happened, the woman decides who she will or won't marry. :)
10.5.2005 4:25pm
Eh Nonymous (mail) (www):
Devin: I think the further point is, in such a trope, She is the Marryer, and He is the Marryed.

Sort of Lessor/ Lessee, or Batterer/Battered.

Which reminds me of things that are beer-battered.

Yum, beer-battered cod...
10.5.2005 5:22pm
Blithering Idiot (mail) (www):
Regarding "When Did SHE marry HIM."

Perhaps Eugene is channeling Charlotte Brontë:


"Reader, I married him." (Jane Eyre, Ch 38)


William P. Sulik
10.5.2005 5:31pm
K (mail) (www):
I was going to comment on your interesting choice of pronouns (and now I have) but I see I've been beaten to it.
10.5.2005 7:32pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
Gordon: Me, intending to use some verbal trickery to throw people off? Throwing little red herrings into a puzzle, just to distract, frustrate, and lure into error? Say it isn't so!

Eugene
10.5.2005 8:31pm
Steph (mail):
"Who Was the First Supreme Court Justice To Have a Lawyer Spouse, and when did she marry him?"

While I can't anser this question I can say that the Justice was male and the spouse female. A pronoun alway referse to the closest previous noun, in this case she referse to Lawyer Spouse and him referse to Supreme Court Justice.
10.6.2005 9:24am
Adam (mail):
Steph:

Where did you get that rule? It seems to me that the rules of antecedents of pronouns are a lot more complicated than that.
10.6.2005 8:04pm
Timothy (mail) (www):
I'd take Steph more seriously if any of that comment had been properly spelled.
10.7.2005 4:25pm