I would probably take
I’d like to take him to Zingerman’s
Deli in Ann Arbor. It’s one of my favorite
restaurants from a city that I’m very fond
of. I’d like to be able to show him one of the
highlights of Ann Arbor. Also it’s a private
enough place where I could actually talk to
Justice Thomas, who’s traditionally a quiet
jurist. Maybe I could dive into some of his
opinions a little more deeply and get him
to talk a little bit more.
I would want to get his views on
originalism and textualism of the
Constitution. It’s a point of view that I find
very interesting and I find that it supports a
lot of his opinions and his dissents.
BRIAN C. DOUGHTY / ASSOCIATE, BROOKS
KUSHMAN; SOUTHFIELD; INTELLECTUAL
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
to the London Chop
I consider her to be a trailblazer for
women in the legal profession. I admire
how Justice Ginsburg has been a champion
for gender equality. She started law school
at a time when it was very rare for women
to pursue higher education, let alone a law
degree, yet she was able to become the
editor of the Harvard Law Review.
I would want to know what cases she
has presided over as a Supreme Court
justice that she found the most challenging
to rule on, and why.
LAUREN M. WAWRZYNIAK / ASSOCIATE,
ZAUSMER, KAUFMAN, AUGUST & CALDWELL;
FARMINGTON HILLS; COMMERCIAL
My first instinct would
be to select retired
Justice Sandra Day
She was probably the first woman
attorney I’d ever heard of.
My second choice would be Justice
Kagan. I just think she’s very approachable
and it seems like she has a lot of real-world
experience that she brings to the bench.
Justice O’Connor grew up in Arizona.
Justice Kagan [is] an East Coast girl. So I
think it would be nice to have them come to
Grand Rapids and experience the Midwest
for lunch. We have a lot of great little
restaurants here. Summer is the best time to
be here, so it’d be nice to get some takeout
and have a picnic in Rosa Parks Circle.
TAMMY HELMINSKI / ASSOCIATE,
BARNES & THORNBURG; GRAND RAPIDS;
WHICH U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
WOULD YOU TAKE TO LUNCH AND WHERE?
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