LEGAL EATS: Food and the Culture of the U.S. Supreme Court

A program held by the National Museum of American History and the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Held on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Throughout American history, the Justices of the nation’s highest court have come together to deliberate legal matters… but they have also found time to break bread. Since the early 19th century when they took all their meals together while living in a boarding house, the Justices have continued to reinforce cordiality and cooperation through shared food traditions, such as eating lunch together on Court and Conference days.

Join U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor and the Curator of the Supreme Court, Catherine E. Fitts, in a conversation moderated by Clare Cushman, Director of Publications of the Supreme Court Historical Society, as they explore the unique food traditions of the Supreme Court. 


Reviews for Legal Eats:

Legal Eats: Food and the Culture of the United States Supreme Court - Leslie Poster

National Law Journal: Food Court: Justices Dish on Supreme Court's Culinary Traditions Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor Dig Into the History of Food at the Supreme Court Supreme Court Justices Dish About Candy, Jerky, and (Too Much) Wine For A Cordial Supreme Court, Keep The Food And Wine Coming The secrets of a Supreme Court diet


Books Mentioned in Legal Eats Discussion:

Some Memories of a Long Life 1854-1911, by Malvina Shanklin Harlan

Chef Supreme: Recipes by Martin Ginsburg, created by the Supreme Court Spouses in Memoriam

My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor

Further Reading:

General History of the Court

Courtwatchers: Eyewitness Anecdotes in Supreme Court History, by Clare Cushman

General History of the Justices

The Supreme Court Justices: Illustrated Biographies 1789-2012, edited by Clare Cushman

Click here for a short biography from that volume of John Marshall by Charles F. Hobson

Click here for a short biography from that volume of Joseph Story by David T. Pride

Click here for a short biography from that volume of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Edith Lampson Roberts

Click here for a short biography from that volume of Sonia Sotomayor by Clare Cushman

See also:

G. Edward White, The Marshall Court and Cultural Change, 1815-1835 (Oxford University Press, 1991).

Jean Edward Smith, John Marshall Definer of a Nation (Holt, 1996)

Gerald T. Dunne, Justice Joseph Story and the Rise of the Supreme Court (Simon &Schuster, 1970)

Kent R. Newmyer, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, Statesman of the Old Republic (UNC Press, 1985)