(CNN)She's "notorious." She's fit. And on Friday she celebrates a milestone work anniversary. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will mark 25 years as a Supreme Court justice — that's a quarter-century on the nation's top court.
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Before she was the subject of a CNN documentary or the forthcoming drama "On the Basis of Sex," Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Before teaching Ivy Leaguers at Columbia law — the first woman hired at the law school with tenure — she was a student at Cornell and Harvard. Perhaps you've heard of them.
In 1993, Justice Byron White retired from the Supreme Court, and Ginsburg had what might now seem like an unlikely supporter in her corner. Ginsburg, now one of the court's most reliable liberal voices, was recommended as a nominee by Republican stalwart Sen. Orrin Hatch. President Bill Clinton took the advice.
But the hardest part of her job interview, the confirmation hearing, wasn't without incident (or infamy). She declined to answer some questions that she felt might indicate how she would rule in future cases, now referred to as the Ginsburg Rule. There's a lot of controversy to this day as to whether Ginsburg and nominees after her have relied too heavily on that precedent.
"The controversies that come before the Supreme Court as the last judicial resort touch and concern the health and well-being of our nation and its people," Ginsburg said of her aspirations.