These events in honor of William French Smith are exceptional, and today three of us, Justice O’Connor, Dean Staff, and I are lucky prot6gdes as you might say of his period as attorney general. Ken as a distinguished Solicitor General, and a former United States Court of Appeals Judge, and of course I need say nothing further about Justice O’Connor, but I will. Ken reminded me that you have programs in front of you that describe in great detail her very distinguished life and contributions to our country. So I thought that I would instead talk a little bit about things that are not exactly mentioned there. You know, people have stereotypes about those in other professions, particularly judges. The robe perhaps, the austere life, all of those things that make them draw assumptions. What I want to talk about briefly this morning is about a very human Justice, a very caring Justice, who served with enormous distinction for twenty-five years on the highest Court of our land.

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