Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she will wear “with pride” a spider pin given to her by barristers at a legal practice in London paying homage to the iconic brooch worn by Lady Brenda Hale during her historic judgement.
The arachnid-shaped accessory worn during a judgement that the prorogation of Parliament had been unlawful sent the Internet into a tailspin in September, with online users turning to social media to express their appreciation.
Most recently, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson wore a spider-themed t-shirt on the campaign trail this week, paying tribute to Lady Hale.
Barristers at the legal practice 2 Bedford Row purchased the spider pin presented to Ginsburg by outgoing head of chambers Bill Clegg during a meeting in Washington DC.
It's fair to say the women of @2BedfordRow are rather excited to have received a message from Notorious RBG herself after sending her a Lady Hale inspired spider pin!???? @CAgnewQC @QCLouSweet @nataliebird01 @Jessica21818528 @jaccarey57 pic.twitter.com/RH6gwScSmp
— Shauna Ritchie (@wordbiscuit) November 14, 2019
“I, like many women at the bar, had purchased one after her momentous Brexit judgement and, together with a letter explaining that we were celebrating the first 100 years of women in law and wanted to celebrate our role models, off it went to Washington,” said criminal barrister Shauna Ritchie.
“Her kind letter in reply arrived yesterday,” she added.
In the letter, which was addressed to the “women of 2 Bedford Row,” the US Supreme Court Justice wrote that she would “wear the spider pin with pride and appreciation for Brenda Hale, the great Lady who sparked its creation.”