11/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Justice Ginsburg's Advice to Sonia? Shop in Europe!

I had a rare opportunity to chat up Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this past Saturday night at the Kennedy Center for the Washington National Opera's Season Opener.
Justice Ginsburg, with an almost maternal glow in her eyes, told me how "touching" it was to see Justice Sotomayor's mother at the swearing in ceremony last week.
Although Justice Ginsburg gave her new friend on the Court a traditional white collar worn by female justices, she explained that Justice Sotomayor is going to have to go across the pond to do her robe shopping.
"The robes we wear are not made for women, and you can't find them in the United States, so Sonia asked me where I got mine. I told her I had mine made in Paris, and she could also find one in London, " she intimated.
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