Ginsburg on Dissenting Opinions

The Minnesota Law Review has published “The Role of Dissenting Opinions” by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  The essay is based on a lecture Justice Ginsburg gave at the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C. in December 2009. ustice Ginsburg summarizes her view as follows:

although I appreciate the value of unanimous opinions, I will continue to speak in dissent when important matters are at stake. I stress important matters because I try to follow Justice Brandeis’s counsel. He cautioned that “in most matters it is more important that the applicable rule of law be settled than that it be settled right.”

(Hat tip: Co-Op.)