Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
We were almost contemporaries at
Harvard Law School—she entered the
year I graduated—so we were able to
experience that law school in the ’50s
with an array of leading legal scholars
as our teachers. I’d want to reminisce
with her a bit and find out which of those
teachers had the most influence on her,
and what her experiences were as one of
the very few women at the time who were
admitted to Harvard Law School. I’d also
talk a bit about her deceased husband,
Martin Ginsburg, whom I was distantly
acquainted with but who was a brilliant
tax lawyer and a very entertaining guy
with a wonderful sense of humor.
I would take her to lunch at the Seasons
52 restaurant here in South Coast Plaza
because it’s well-known for serving small
portions of healthy food. I would imagine
she’s one who doesn’t overindulge.
PAUL F. MARX / PARTNER, RUTAN &
TUCKER; COSTA MESA; TAX, ESTATE
PLANNING & PROBATE
Justice Kennedy is an old friend;
I’ve had lunch and dinner with him
and his wife, Mary, many times. He’s a
true Renaissance man. He’s not only a
scholar of the law, but he’s interested in
everything, including literature, music
and art. But one of his avocations is
conducting mock trials of famous persons
from literature—including a trial as to
whether Hamlet was mad. He taught
constitutional law for 20 years before he
went on the court and he still teaches a
class in Salzburg, Austria each July.
One thing that one realizes when talking
with him is how difficult the job of being a
Supreme Court justice is. The justices deal
only with cutting-edge issues and work
very hard to try to do [them] justice. I think
the press and public do not appreciate this.
If I were in Washington, I would prefer
the restaurant for the justices and staff
at the Supreme Court building. In Los
Angeles, I would prefer Craft.
LEO J. PIRCHER / FOUNDING PARTNER,
PIRCHER, NICHOLS & MEEKS; LOS ANGELES;
REAL ESTATE: BUSINESS
Coming up through a different era as an
African-American, and coming from being
raised by his grandparents … I wonder
what his experiences were. What obstacles
did he face along the way?
I would love to hear how he formulated
his political side and the basis for those
views. I’m sure there’s a good reason for
it. It’s also clear—by the fact that he writes
so many concurring opinions or dissenting
opinions—that he has a strong position,
strong opinions and a very strong voice.
I’d love to know how he became that
person: what were the experiences that
shaped him, who his mentors were, and
who and what inspired him to achieve
what he’s achieved.
I think the most fun would be to take
him to El Tepeyac in East LA for Mexican
food served on plastic plates under a green
plastic awning. Some of the best food in
the world. Cash only.
LESLIE A. COHEN / OWNER, LESLIE COHEN
LAW; SANTA MONICA; BANKRUPTCY:
WHICH U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE WOULD
YOU TAKE TO LUNCH? AND WHERE? AS TOLD TO JESSICA TAM