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story.lead_photo.caption In this Jan. 30, 2018 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg answers a law student's question as she participates in a "fireside chat" in the Bruce M. Selya Appellate Courtroom at the Roger William University Law School in Bristol, R.I. Now we know what Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was doing as she recuperated from lung cancer surgery. She was churning out opinions for the court at a faster clip than any of her younger colleagues. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

A sold-out event featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg scheduled for Sept. 3 will still happen, organizers said Friday, despite news the justice has undergone treatment this month for pancreatic cancer.

“The event is proceeding as planned,” said Patrick Newton, director of marketing and communications for the Clinton School of Public Service.

Ginsburg is set to speak at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 3.

A release from the Supreme Court on Friday said the justice underwent outpatient treatment for the tumor and there is no evidence of cancer anywhere else in Ginsberg’s body. The release also said the pancreatic tumor would require no more treatment.

The local event, part of the Clinton School and Clinton Foundation’s Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series, was originally planned to take place at the Jack Stephens Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

A massive waitlist for the free but ticketed event led organizers to change the venue to the Verizon Arena, which, despite a capacity of 18,000, still did not meet demand for tickets. A Clinton School spokesman said that roughly 16,000 seats would likely be available for the Supreme Court justice’s lecture.

Newton said thousands remain on the waitlist for the event, which will include discussion of Ginsburg’s "quarter century on the nation's highest bench and historic legal career prior to being nominated" to the high court, organizers said in a news release.

The news of Ginsburg's cancer comes less than a year after Ginsburg underwent surgery to treat lung cancer. Ginsburg has also been in treatment for other cancers in the last 20 years.

Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President and former Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton.


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  • itryed
    August 23, 2019 at 5:26 p.m.

    What a wonderful icon and exemplary role model

  • Packman
    August 23, 2019 at 6:11 p.m.

    Just got a text from a md buddy who says this is very interesting. Pancreatic cancer is very aggressive and usually fatal to anyone over the age of 70. Add Ginsberg’s advanced years to the equation and it just doesn’t add up. The md suspects it’s a ruse and Ginsberg only has a few days left. If what they say is true, no real md would allow her to travel to the extent of the Arkansas event. Or so says a real md.

    August 23, 2019 at 7:33 p.m.

    Again, Pack relishes the idea of RBG’s demise. What a sick, pathetic turd he is. No wonder the pilot bailed.

  • mozarky2
    August 27, 2019 at 4:36 p.m.

    Robert Bear was trying to get me to take one of his stupid bets where the loser can't post for a given period of time...what a loser!
    Anyway, I wish her a long and healthy life, but I see no way she'll make it to the event. And by that I mean she won't have recovered enough to attend. I think it will be postponed, but the old bird has fooled me before.
    God speed, Ruthie!
    ar, I see no evidence in Packy's post that would suggest he's relishing "the idea of RBG’s demise". After all, we Normal Americans don't celebrate the death of anyone, unlike the "progs" who were positively giddy over the death of David Koch.
    AND, who can forget the "Thank God Wellstone's Dead Funerally"! You "progs" are one sick bunch.