Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes her first public appearance after cancer treatment



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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared to be in a good mood on Monday as she made her first public appearance since the cancer treatment.

The 86-year-old justice accepted an honors degree in law from the University of Buffalo School of Law in upstate New York just days after three weeks of radiotherapy for a malignant tumor of the pancreas.

Ginsburg, a leader of the liberal wing of the court whose scathing critics have earned her the nickname "Notorious RBG" and in turn has spawned memes and a recent documentary, even going as far as her own. to enjoy his new fame.

"I am now 86 years old, and yet, people of all ages want to take their picture with me – that's amazing," said Ginsburg in his speech, accepting the diploma and stirring the laughter of the public.

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Washington, DC – Aug. 30: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, celebrating her 20th birthday on the bench, is photographed in the US Supreme Court's East Conference Room in Washington, DC on Friday, August 30. 2013. (Photo by Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 30: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, celebrating her 20th birthday on the bench, is photographed in the US Supreme Court's West Room in Washington DC on Friday, August 30. 2013. (Photo by Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Washington, DC – November 19: Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg toast at the New Republic Gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on November 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger / Getty Images)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Judge at the United States Supreme Court, appears in front of her cabinet after an interview in Washington, DC, United States, on Friday, August 23, 2013. Ginsburg, 80, is the oldest member of the United States. Supreme Court In 1993, Democratic President Bill Clinton repeatedly stated that she wished to equal the longevity of Judge Louis Brandeis, who was 82 years old when he retired in 1939. Photographer: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 17: The Honorable Samuel Alito, Jr. (left), Associate Judge of the United States Supreme Court and the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge of the United States Supreme Court, attend at the 38th Annual Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on November 17, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman / WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 17: The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Deputy Judge at the United States Supreme Court, attends the 38th annual Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, November 17, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Monica Schipper / Getty Images)

United States – 2013 300 dpi Chris Ware caricature color of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. MCT via Getty Images 2013

Washington, DC – January 28: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (L) shakes hands with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (right) as Associate Judge Stephen Breyer, before President Barack Obama delivers the state of affairs to the Union. Speech delivered at a joint session of Congress in the House of Parliament, January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. In his fifth speech on the state of the Union, Obama should focus on health care, economic equity and new initiatives designed to stimulate the US economy through bipartite cooperation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Judges Ruth Bader Ginsburg (left) and Stephen Breyer (right) of the US Supreme Court listen to the speech by US President Barack Obama on the state of the Union before a joint session of the Congress held on January 28, 2014 at the United States Capitol in Washington. AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should match BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 17: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg waits for the start of the recording of "The Kalb Report" on April 17, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The Kalb Report is a monthly discussion on ethics and media accountability at the National Press Club. (Photo by Alex Wong / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 17: Supreme Court Judges Antonin Scalia (left) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (right) await the start of the recording of the film 'The Kalb Report'. April 17, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The Kalb Report is a monthly discussion on ethics and media accountability at the National Press Club. (Photo by Alex Wong / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 30: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, celebrating her 20th birthday on the bench, is photographed in the US Supreme Court's West Room in Washington DC on Friday, August 30. 2013. (Photo by Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Washington, DC – Aug. 30: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, celebrating her 20th birthday on the bench, is photographed in the US Supreme Court's East Conference Room in Washington, DC on Friday, August 30. 2013. (Photo by Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Deputy Judge at the United States Supreme Court, looks out her office window after an interview in Washington, DC, United States, on Friday, August 23, 2013. Ginsburg, 80, the eldest member of the Supreme Court and Named to court in 1993 by Democratic President Bill Clinton, he repeatedly stated wanting to match the longevity of Judge Louis Brandeis, who was 82 years old when he left his post in 1939. Photographer: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 12: Members of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts and Deputy Judges Anthony Kennendy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Paul Stevens, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, applaud when US President Barack Obama arrives Speech on the state of the Union before a joint session of Congress at the United States Capitol on February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Faced with a divided Congress, Obama focused his speech on new initiatives aimed at boosting the US economy and said, "This is not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government. that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth. " (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Washington, DC – February 12: Deputy Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attends President Barack Obama's State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol, February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Faced with a divided Congress, Obama focused his speech on new initiatives aimed at boosting the US economy and said, "This is not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government. that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth. " (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Judges Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to the left of the Supreme Court, on the left, and Elena Kagan attend the inaugural gala of the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, United States, Saturday, September 15, 2012. The gala followed a performance of "Anna Bolena. Photographer: Stephanie Green / Bloomberg via Getty Images

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses behind the scenes at the 22nd annual Glamor Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 12, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / WireImage for Glamor Magazine)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at the 22nd Glamor Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 12, 2012 in New York. (Photo of Theo Wargo / WireImage for Glamor Magazine)

United States – January 21: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives for lunch in Statuary Hall at the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama on Monday, January 21, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)

CAMBRIDGE – MAY 26: As she rose to receive her honorary degree, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is surprised by a serenade of Spanish tenor Placido Domingo (right) after have obtained an honorary degree. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and Harvard President, Drew Faust (right-back), hold the honorary speaker and honourary degree recipient. Harvard University is holding its drills at the Tercentenary Theater on Thursday, May 26, 2011. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse / The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – APRIL 10: CEO Neil Binn's Niche Media and Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg pose for a photo at Capitol File Magazine's after party for The Conspirator at Robert Redford's Newseum on April 10 2011 in Washington. (Photo by Paul Morigi / WireImage for Niche Media)

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: US President Barack Obama welcomes Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer before the State of the Union address. delivered January 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. During his speech, Obama was to focus on the US economy and increase funding for education and infrastructure, while proposing a partial freeze on national programs of a duration three years and a reduction in military spending of $ 78 billion. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Judge at the United States Supreme Court, spoke at the Women's Conference in Long Beach, California, on Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Originally created in 1985, this event has become the largest single day conference for women in the United States and its mission is to enable women to become "architects of change". Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn / Bloomberg via Getty Images

LONG BEACH, CA – OCTOBER 26: Diane Swayer (left) and Associate Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak at the Maria Shriver Women's Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center on October 26, 2010 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

LONG BEACH, CA – OCTOBER 26: Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg attends the 2010 Women's Annual Conference of California's First Lady Maria Shriver on October 26, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and candidates for California Republican Governor Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown will attend the conference. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

LONG BEACH, CA – OCTOBER 26: Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg (C) examines ex-Judge Sandra Day O. Connor (D) speaking during a discussion with the presenter from ABC News, Diane Sawyer (left), at the 2010 Women's Annual Conference of California's First Lady Maria Shriver on October 26, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and candidates for California Republican Governor Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown will attend the conference. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

Associate Judge Elena Kagan (C), the newest member of the United States Supreme Court, participates in the official photography session with judges Anthony M. Kennedy (left) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (right), the October 8, 2010. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should match TIM SLOAN / AFP / Getty Images)

Judges of the United States Supreme Court. From left to right: Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Antonin Scalia, Stephen Breyer, Chief Justice John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Collection of the United States Supreme Court / MCT via Getty Images)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Collection of the United States Supreme Court / MCT via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 08: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Judge at the United States Supreme Court, poses for photographs in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building on October 8, 2010 in Washington, DC. This is the first time in history that three women sit simultaneously on the field. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

US Supreme Court judges sit for their official photo on Oct. 8, 2010 at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Front row (G-D): Deputy Judge Clarence Thomas, Deputy Judge Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Deputy Judge Anthony M. Kennedy and Deputy Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Back row (G-D): deputy judge Sonia Sotomayor, deputy judge Stephen Breyer, deputy judge Samuel Alito Jr. and deputy judge Elena Kagan. AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should match TIM SLOAN / AFP / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO – AUGUST 09: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice, is seen on a video screen as she speaks to delegates at the American Bar Association's House of Delegates meeting (ABA) August 9, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Judge Ginsburg received the prestigious ABA medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Bar. (Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO – AUGUST 09: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice, Addresses Delegates at the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates Meeting August 9, 2010 in San Francisco , in California. Judge Ginsburg received the prestigious ABA medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Bar. (Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (right) attends a reception in honor of Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan on August 6, 2010, in the East Room. of the White House in Washington, DC. Kagan only became the fourth woman to obtain confirmation of her judgment in the Supreme Court. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should match JIM WATSON / AFP / Getty Images)

The President of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, greets the President of the United States of America before delivering his first State of the Union address at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC January 27, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB / AFP / Getty Images)

Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court poses in a group photo on September 29, 2009 in the conference room of the Supreme Court of East (Washington). AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (The photo credit should correspond to MANDEL NGAN / AFP / Getty Images)

Washington – September 29: Members of the US Supreme Court pose for a group photo in front of the Supreme Court building on September 29, 2009 in Washington, DC. Front row (G-D): Chief Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice John Paul Stevens, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Chief Justice Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice Clarence Thomas. Back Row (L-R), Deputy Judge Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Deputy Judge Stephen Breyer and Associate Judge Sonia Sotomayor. (Photo by Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

United States – February 24: Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg crosses the Statuary Hall before President Barack Obama's speech to the Congress in plenary on February 24, 2009. (Photo by Bill Clark / Roll Call / Getty Images)

United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (left) greets US President Barack Obama before speaking at a joint congressional session in Washington, DC Washington DC, February 24, 2009. PHOTO AFP / SAUL LOEB Getty Images)

United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives before US President Barack Obama speaks at a joint congressional session in Washington DC on February 24, 2009. AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KAMM

Deputy Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears before the US Capitol House in Washington on February 24, 2009 before the US Congress to deliver her speech to Congress. The picture must be read. PABO MARTINEZ (Photo credit / Pablo Martinez Monsivais) MONSIVAIS / AFP / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – FEBRUARY 24: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives for President Barack Obama's speech at a joint congressional session at the US Capitol on February 24, 2009 in Washington, DC. US President Barack Obama will speak at a joint congressional meeting at 9:01 pm tonight, where he plans to deal with issues related to the US economic crisis, the deficit budget and health care. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – JUNE 8: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a US Supreme Court justice, waits for the opening of a dinner in honor of Michelle Bachelet, Chile's first woman president, on May 8, 2006 in Washington, DC DC. More than 350 women leaders including Senator Susan Collins (R-MI), Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Representative Janice Schakowsky (D-Il), Representative Katherine Harris (R-FL), US Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral, actress Geena Davis and the editor of Fortune magazine, Pattie Sellers, are expected. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images)

SLUG: ME-READING19 PHOTOGRAPHER: NIKKI KAHN / WASHINGTON POST DATE: 9/18/2006 The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court, during the reading of the Constitution at the Gonda Theater of the Georgetown University in Washington, DC, on Monday, September 18, 2006. (Photo by Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post / Getty Images)




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Ginsburg's health has been subject to public scrutiny given the conservative majority of the court, which is set at 5-4. His death or retirement could potentially give President Donald Trump his third choice in the High Court. Trump appointed Judge Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Judge Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.

The Supreme Court said Friday in a statement that Ginsburg had undergone ablative stereotactic radiotherapy at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York after doctors discovered the cancerous tumor in late July.

"The tumor has been treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body," the statement said. "No other treatment is needed at the moment."

Justice missed oral arguments in January for the first time after surgery to remove two cancerous growths from its lungs at the end of December. Colon cancer was diagnosed in Ginsburg in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009.

Ginsburg hinted at his health in his speech, recalling that his long-time friend, Wayne Wisbaum, a Buffalo lawyer who died in January, urged him last year to give a lecture in town.

"In July 2018, Wayne wrote that his health prevented him from playing a leading role in organizing my visit here, but he still hoped to attend all the events." I asked to confirm that I would come to Buffalo in August 2019. In any case, I did it immediately and I did not give up when my own health problems were causing problems, "said Ginsburg.

She also sat for a Q & A session, recounting her previous efforts against sex discrimination as a young lawyer, her odd relationship with Judge Antonin Scalia and her role as a Liberal. of the court.

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