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40 Third Branch 1 (2008)

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Vol. 40
Number I
January 2008

2007 Year-End Report
on the Federal Judiciary

On a warm and sunny Wednesday in September
of the past year, a Russian judge, accompanied by
a fellow Russian and two American judges, walked
among the white headstones of Arlington National
Cemetery. Like other visitors, the Russian judge
came to pay his respects and lay a wreath at one of
the markers. And like others navigating the solemn
rows of white stones, he and his companions asked
for directions from fellow visitors. A teacher leading a
group of school children offered to help, and she led
the judge to the grave of a former Army private who
had served his country in World War II and again in
later life.
The teacher asked the Russian judge, through an
interpreter, why he wished to honor the memory
of William H. Rehnquist. The judge, Justice Yuriy
Ivanovich Sidorenko of the Supreme Court of the
Russian Federation, explained that, in Chief Justice
Rehnquist's later years, they had become friends.
The teacher remarked that she did not know much
about our former Chief Justice, and she invited
Justice Sidorenko to speak to her students about their
friendship. Standing near the Chief Justice's head-
stone, Justice Sidorenko provided an impromptu and
personal insight into their shared interest in the rule
of law. He expressed his admiration for our late Chief
and described how the American jurist had provided
advice and encouragement to Russian judges as they
took up the challenge of reforming their judiciary in
the post-Soviet era.
During his September visit, Justice Sidorenko
expressed similar sentiments in a private meeting
with my colleagues and me. He recalled how,

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